Mets Rumors & News
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The Mets off-season reshuffling has begun. They started with their coaching staff. Jerry Manuel announced that Sandy Alomar, Sr., Sandy Alomar, Jr., (how many Alomars does it take to coach a team?), Howard Johnson and Dan Warthen all would be back for 2009.

Gone are Guy Conti, Luis Aguayo and Ken Oberkfell. All three will be reassigned within the organization. The new third-base coach will be Razor Shines. Yes, that’s his name. And the bullpen coach is old-friend Randy Niemann. There’s no word yet on who will take over at first base.

With Conti leaving it looks like the Mets won’t make an attempt to bring back Pedro Martinez. Conti was Pedro’s mentor, so it’s doubtful they would get rid of the coach and then try to re-sign Pedro. Oberkfell may end up as manager of new Triple A affiliate Buffalo. And jettisoning Aguayo was a no-brainer. He cost the Mets a number of runs with his blunders. He stopped runners at third when they could have strolled home reading the Sunday paper. And he waved some on through, who got nailed by 20 feet.

Anthony Razor Shines will replace Aguayo at third. He was most recently the manager of the Phillies Single A affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers, and before that was third-base coach for the White Sox in 2007. He had a long career as a player in the minors, spending parts of nine seasons with the Indianapolis Indians. He became a local legend, and when he came back as a visiting manager in 2006, Indianapolis even threw together “Razor Shines Night.” Even though I didn’t know about it at the time nor have I ever heard of Shines, I now regret not going. Just the name of it sounds like it was one hell of a party. He only had 81 major league at-bats, all with Montreal, from 1983-87. He batted .185, with 0 home runs and five RBIs. He then went on to coach and manage in the minors. He spent time in the White Sox organization while Manuel was in Chicago. He has to be better than Aguayo. And he now has the best name on the Mets.

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