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Mets Sign Chip Hale for Third Base

chip-haleWhile it’s true that third baseman David Wright had a dropoff in power production in 2009, he’s not being replaced.

However, Razor Shines, the third base coach in 2009, is being replaced — by Chip Hale.

According to Adam Rubin, the announcement will be made shortly.

Who the heck is Chip Hale you ask? He spent most of his 7-year big-league career with the Minnesota Twins as a utilityman, filling in mostly at 2B and 3B. Not blessed with immortal talent, he was something of a “grinder” who played fundamentally sound baseball, was a decent contact hitter, reliable glove, and did whatever was needed for the team. After his playing career, Hale managed in the minors for six years in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization before becoming their third base coach – a position he held for the past three seasons.

Before the Mets offered him the third-base coaching job, Hale had been rumored to be in the running for various managerial vacancies, and there were whispers he was a candidate for the Washington Nationals’ job as recently as mid-September.

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Alicea and Alomar Fired

luis-aliceaIn a stunning move that is certain to change the fortunes of the Mets and culture in the clubhouse, first-base coach Luis Alicea and bench coach Sandy Alomar, Sr. were relieved of their duties.

What percentage of Mets fans, do you think, actually knew the name of the team’s first-base coach?

Of the entire coaching staff, those were the last two people I thought would get the ax. But perhaps on further review of the video, we may see that the Mets hitters did a terrible job of rounding the first base bag and getting good leads. And it IS the little things that win and lose ballgames.

In related news, Razor Shines, Dan Warthen, Howard Johnson, and Randy Niemann will all be back in 2010 — though Shines will not return in the same role of third-base coach.

Shame about Alicea — he had finally earned himself a Wikipedia entry.

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