Mets retain Warthen, Hale on staff

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen and third-base coach Chip Hale have survived the organizational purge that has already seen the Mets shed a general manager, a manager and a scouting director, among others. A team source said Monday that Warthen and Hale will retain their jobs from last season.

warthenphone.jpgThere were rumblings Sunday evening that the appointment of Terry Collins as manager may have worked against Warthen, whose pitching staff performed above expectations in 2010 despite an overall losing season. But Mets ownership remains enamored with Warthen for those reasons, and so he was spared.

Hale, too, has always been a lock for a role on the coaching staff, a sentiment only furthered by the fact that he was among four finalists for the role of manager. Well-liked within the clubhouse, Hale will almost certainly become a big league manager at some point in the near future, though he may need to leave the organization to do so.

The rest of the big league staff remains uncertain. Though last year’s hitting coach Howard Johnson and bullpen coach Randy Niemann both will have job offers waiting for them at some level of the organization, it is unlikely either will return to his same role. First-base coach Razor Shines is already out — early reports peg Mookie Wilson as a possible replacement — and Collins will likely be allowed to choose Dave Jauss’s successor as bench coach.

As for the other two managerial finalists, Bob Melvin and Wally Backman, each is likely to have a job offer in a similar capacity as last season — Melvin as a scout, Backman as a Minor League manager. But nothing is official for that pair yet.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

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