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Mets hire Goodwin at 1B

The Mets announced that Tom Goodwin would be their first base coach for the 2012 season.

Goodwin finished his fourth year with the Boston Red Sox. He was their Minor League Outfield and Base Running Coordinator for three of those years.

He played 14 seasons in the majors, playing outfield for the Rockies, Giants, Rangers, Royals and Cubs. Goodwin had a career .268 average and stole 50 bases in four different seasons.

According to previous reports, the Mets also interviewed Kevin Morgan and Jack Voigt. They were also believed to express interest in Doug Dascenzo, but he was hired by the Atlanta Braves organization.

With the announcement of Goodwin at first, Terry Collins’s 2012 coaching staff is complete. Dan Warthen and Dave Hudgens were retained as pitching and hitting coaches, respectively. Former Oakland A’s manager Bob Geren was hired to be the bench coach. Tim Teufel and Ricky Bones were promoted from AAA Buffalo to fill the third base and bullpen coaching vacancies.

Now that the coaching is set, the Mets can focus on other needs.

Coaching changes are among us.

Photo courtesy New York Daily NewsThe Mets have announced today that third base coach Chip Hale, bench coach Ken Oberkfell, first base coach Mookie Wilson and bullpen coach Jon Debus will not be returning to the major league club in 2012.

Hitting coach Dave Hudgens and pitching coach Dan Warthen will stay with the team.

According to Joe Stiglich of the Bay Area News Group,  Hale has signed a 2-year deal to be the bench coach for the Oakland A’s.

Wilson and Debus will be offered other roles within the organization.

Look for Tim Teufel coaching third base next year and Ricky Bones coaching the bullpen staff.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson is expected to conduct a press conference at 4 p.m. EST to discuss the coaching changes.

Update at 5 PM: Sandy said they wanted a pitching presence in the bullpen, while Debus’s background is as a catcher. Wally Backman is not a contender to become a major league coach, even though he is a very strong contender to replace Teufel as Bisons manager.

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