According to a Tweet by Jennifer Mercedes, Curaçao born Hensley Meulens will be the new bench coach for the New York Mets. If this is true, Meulens will leave the Marlins, with whom he agreed on a role in the staff next to his old teammate and Marlins manager Don Mattingly.
Mercedes is the producer and host of @lavidabaseball.
With the Mets hiring the unexperienced Carlos Beltrán as their manager, the team wanted someone next to him with lots of experience. Meulens happens to be that guy as he was batting coach with the San Francisco Giants until 2017 when he took over as bench coach next to Bruce Bochy. He was regarded to be the heir to Bochy as the latter announced that 2019 would be his final year as the Giants’ manager.
As the Giants turned to Gabe Kapler, who had managed the Philadelphia Phillies before, Meulens started to look around. The Miami Marlins courted the former outfielder as they wanted him on their staff. In what role was not clear but according to insiders it would be as the Marlins’ hitting coach. Meulens signed a letter of intent but the Marlins allowed him to apply for a job as bench coach elsewhere.
With Carlos Beltrán at the helm of the New York Mets, it appears the Mets are turning to analytics as well. Beltrán became the first Latino manager in the history of the Mets, and the first minority manager hired this offseason. Beltrán will also have a chance to become the first player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame with the same cap of the team he’s currently managing.
Meulens doesn’t only have experience as a bench coach, he has also managed team Kingdom of the Netherlands on several occasions: 2013+2017 World Baseball Classic and 2015 and 2019 Premier12.