The New York Mets are promoting Eric Chavez from hitting coach to bench coach. Glenn Sherlock, who served as bench coach during Buck Showalter’s first season in charge, will remain on the staff and work more closely with the team’s receivers.
Meanwhile, the assistant hitting coach, Jeremy Barnes, is receiving a promotion to the position of head hitting coach to replace Chavez. Chavez and Barnes were new additions to New York’s staff last offseason:
The former was initially slated to serve as an assistant hitting coach with the Yankees, but he made the leap to the lead role in Queens just a couple of weeks after joining the Yankees staff. His rapid rise through the ranks continues with the nod as manager Showalter’s top lieutenant in the sophomore year.
A six-time Gold Glove winner during his playing days with the Oakland A’s, Chavez spent some time in the front office and ran the Los Angeles Angels’ farm system during his post-game time.
He has caught the eye of major league managers in the past, but the 2022 season was his first on an MLB coaching staff. The 44-year-old former player could certainly find his name in manager searches during future offseasons.
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MLB: Mets and Buck Showalter have a new Bench Coach and he is a former multiple Yankee Gold Glove