According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets plan to interview former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman for their bench coach vacancy. The team has an opening after bench coach Ken Oberkfell was let go last week as part of a staff shakeup.
Riggleman stepped down as Nationals manager in June out of frustration with his contract situation, but has plenty of experience in the dugout and knows a thing or two about the National League East. He also has a good relationship with Mets manager Terry Collins dating back to their time together as teammates in the Dodgers’ minor league system.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported last week that Riggleman, as well as former Athletics manager Bob Geren, former Mariners manager John McLaren, and former Phillies manager Larry Bowa were under consideration for the job.
UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets will also interview former Athletics manager Bob Geren for their bench coach opening. Geren compiled a 334-376 record over 4 1/2 seasons as manager in Oakland before being fired this June.
Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:
Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.
They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.
Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.
Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.
So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.