Edgardo Alfonzo Should Be Part Of Mets 2022 Coaching Staff

When you look at the New York Mets 1999-2000 teams, Bobby Valentine carefully built in coaching staffs. Yes, he brought in the best coaches he could find (and/or were forced upon him), but he did something more. He specifically built a coaching staff dedicated towards winning.

Valentine’s first base coach was Mookie Wilson. Really, who better than Mookie to tell the players what it meant to win in New York. He was there for their transformation from complete and unmitigated disaster to one of the best teams in baseball history. He would even have the hit (alright, reached on error) which would help cement their status.

Valentine might’ve learned the importance of having that former winner on the coaching staff because he had the same experience. Back in the early 1980s, he was the third base coach for Davey Johnson. When he was hired as the Texas Rangers manager, Valentine was replaced at third by Bud Harrleson, who had been on the coaching staff with Valentine.

Fast forward to 2015, and there was Tim Teufel, who like Valentine and Harrelson, was the third base coach. Like the aforementioned, Teufel did bring his own level of expertise. Of course, part of that expertise was how to thrive in New York and how to win.

When the Mets build their 2022 coaching staff, that is something they should be atuned to in building their staff. Obviously, teams should hire the best coaches possible. In fact, the Mets already started that process by retaining Jeremy Hefner. In that process, there should be an allotment for a coach who can help players with the process of navigating New York.

Look, New York is a challenging place to play. It’s the most challenging in all of professional sports. To some degree, it is all the more difficult playing for the New York Mets. There is an added level of scrutiny, and after years of Wilpon malfeasance, there is just a certain portion of the media and fandom who just can’t let of the lol Mets mindset.

The best way to help the players mitigate against that is to bring in a coach who understands winning here. Looking at the Mets, there may not be anyone better suited to that than Edgardo Alfonzo.

Alfonzo, 48, was a Mets minor league coach and manager from 2014 – 2019. During that time period, he worked his way up from bench coach and roving hitting instructor to the New York Penn League Championship winning manager for the Brooklyn Cyclones. That was it for Alfonzo because Brodie Van Wagenen had no use for Mets legends who were winners.

As Alfonzo told Mike Puma of the New York Post, he actually thought he was going to get a promotion for winning. After all, that’s what is supposed to happen when you succeed in your job. Well, now presents the belated opportunity for that to happen.

The challenge for the Mets is determining how he could best help a coaching staff. In all honesty, his familiarity with analytics and willingness to apply and interpret them will be what ultimately dicates what job he could be offered. Whatever the case, there should be a job for Alfonzo.

After all, this is a player who played at a Gold Glove level at two positions in the infield. He was a terrific hitter and one of the most clutch players to ever wear a Mets uniform. He can just bring an immense amount of knowledge to the job, and he has the proven ability to communicate with players from all backgrounds.

Alfonzo can be an asset to the 2022 Mets if they are willing to let him be one. The team will certainly be better if he is a part of the coaching staff helping this team win their first World Series since 1986.

7 Replies to “Edgardo Alfonzo Should Be Part Of Mets 2022 Coaching Staff”

  1. longtimefan1 says:

    Alfonso as coach — very good idea… Infield and 3rd base.

    I’d also like to see Beltran and Chili Davis – the return of both working together but outside convention…outside the box – hitting, outfield and base-running. There’s such similarity between the two in their careers, and both very qualified to coach and advise on offense, defense, and base running.

    I also want Brad Ausmus as bench and catching.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Chili Davis was an unmitigated disaster, and I love Beltrán, but he still has zero experience b

  2. Moose says:

    Why don’t we look at someone like Paul Molitor as hitting coach, Matt Quatraro for bench coach if we can get him. But it all depends on if Buck is the Manager that he is looking at for his Coaching staff plus do the Mets have a list consideration list. Plus, how many coaches plus any new areas for the coaches to cover.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Molitor isn’t a hitting coach, and the Rays won’t release Quatraro for a lateral move.

    2. Moose says:

      Could the Mets consider someone like Mike Scioscia for the Bench or other Coaching staff posision (Catcher)

      1. metsdaddy says:

        Doubt Eppler considers a guy he got rid of when he was with the Angels

  3. TheGhostofKelenic says:

    Great idea with Alfonzo. I hope it happens.

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