Pitching coach Dan Warthen and head trainer Ray Ramirez will not be back with the Mets in 20018, the team announced Tuesday. Kevin Long, who is considered a strong candidate to replace Terry Collins as manager, will return but the Mets did not specify in what capacity.
Warthen ends a 10-year run in that position that included guiding R.A. Dickey to a Cy Young, Jacob deGrom to a 2014 Rookie of the Year award and a staff of young arms to the World Series in 2015. He has been offered another position in the organization. Warthen’s pitchers went to bat for him over the last month, including this final, parting shot from Noah Syndergaard.
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Warthen had been the Mets pitching coach since 2008, combining with a phenomenal starting pitching staff to lead New York to a World Series appearance in 2015. However, injuries have proceeded to derail the Mets starting rotation ever since with Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler all spending time on the shelf over the last two seasons. This past year, New York’s pitching staff ranked 28th in the majors in ERA, posting a dubious mark of 5.01.
Prior to joining the Mets, Warthen had been a bullpen coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a minor league instructor and pitching coach for theDetroit Tigers, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners.
New York finished with a 70-92 mark, its worst record since 2009.