Meulens still in the running for becoming Mets skipper

After Carlos Beltran decided to step back as manager of the New York Mets because of the Astros’ sign stealing scandal, the Mets are looking for a new skipper. According to MLBtraderumors.com, the National League team is narrowing its search in its own ranks with three names remaining.

Next to Luis Rojas, Tony DeFrancesco and Curaçao’s own Hensley Meulens is still in the running for the manager’s job. Of these three men Meulens does not have experience as a manager in organized ball. According to MLBtraderumors.com, DeFrancesco has managed several AAA teams of which the Mets AAA team in the past two seasons and Luis Rojas has managed at A-Advanced and AA.

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Hensley Meulens during a press conference in 2015 (photo: © Dutch Baseball Hangout)

The only managing experience Meulens has is with the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic and the 2015 and 2019 Premier 12 as he had team Kingdom of the Netherlands under his helm. His lack of managing experience is counterweighed by his huge experience at MLB level as hitting and first base coach and as a bench coach. He was thought to become the heir of Bruce Bochy after the San Francisco Giants appointed him as their bench coach.

With today’s fondness of analytics, one may wonder how much experience one needs to become a manager. Carlos Beltran did not have any experience but still the Mets wanted him as their skipper. If the lack of managing experience is the norm, Meulens may have a good shot.

To be continued…

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