CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) - Brodie Van Wagenen made his first public moves as New York Mets general manager, firing hitting coach Pat Roessler along with bullpen coach Ricky Bones on Monday and announcing manager Mickey Callaway will have a new bench coach.
After meeting for two days with Callaway last week, Van Wagenen said bench coach Gary DiSarcina will replace third-base coach Glenn Sherlock, who will shift to first-base coach.
New York went 77-85 in Callaway's first season as a manager, and Callaway drew attention for game management.
In a 2-1, 10-inning loss at Cincinnati on May 9, Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores batted out of order because the hand-written lineup card given to umpires was different than a computer-printed version posted in the Mets dugout. And on July 9, Callaway brought in left-hander Jerry Blevins against Philadelphia before lefty-hitting Odubel Herrera was announced as a pinch hitter, allowing Phillies manager Gabe Kapler to bat righty-hitting Jesmuel Valentin without wasting a player. Callaway insisted that was the matchup he wanted.
Van Wagenen said the impetus for change started with Callaway's self-evaluation.
"Having someone that is an experienced coach that can help him with in-game management we thought would be a win for Mickey and help him with his development," Van Wagenen said. "You've got to identify who complements yourself."
Former Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who had been first-base coach, will become a front office adviser to the 44-year-old Van Wagenen, who quit as co-head of CAA Baseball's agency group and was hired Oct. 30 to replace Sandy Alderson as GM. Van Wagenen knows Amaro since his own days as a player at Stanford.
"I think in my transition, he can be a valuable asset for me in the front office," Van Wagenen said.
Roessler was promoted to hitting coach from assistant when Kevin Long left for Washington after the 2017 season. Bones had been bullpen coach since the 2012 season.