Mets GM Sandy Alderson is planning to make "major changes" to the coaching staff at Triple-A Las Vegas, he told reporters during a conference call early Tuesday.
According to Alderson, Terry Collins will play a role in helping to change the culture of how the Mets operate in the minors.
"I was disappointed with the performance of some of these players and their preparation for playing at the major league level," Alderson said. "This is an area I think Terry can be very helpful, so I expect that a good part of his time will be spent in the area of player development."
Collins, who resigned as Mets manager after the final game of the 2017 season, was recently named Special Assistant to Alderson, the same title held by J.P. Ricciardi.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): By the looks of it, Alderson is cutting ties with several people he didn't have a direct hand in hiring. Ray Ramirez, Dan Warthen, Tom Goodwin, Ricky Bones, Triple-A coaches Pedro Lopez, Frank Viola and Jack Voigt were all hired by Minaya and now are either cut loose or free to leave. Dick Scott is the lone exception. Meanwhile, Kevin Long, Pat Roessler and Glenn Sherlock, all of whom are under contract through next season, were hired by Alderson.
In what is total speculation, I wonder if Viola will replace Bones as the team's bullpen coach. Frank is not a candidate to be the big-league pitching coach, because my hunch is Alderson instead already has someone from outside the organization in mind. But, Viola would be a solid choice to get guys ready in the bullpen, given that he's worked with more or less everyone out there. Or, Viola, who was also passed over by the Twins and O's to be pitching coach, will soon be looking for a new home...
In regards to the rest of the Vegas crew, I'm surprised to hear he may let go of Lopez and Voigt, both of whom are highly regarded around the game. Similarly, I wonder if Sandy regrets letting Wally Backman leave as his Triple-A manager?
I recall hearing only good things from Alderson, Collins and the team's players about how prepared and mentally strong guys were when making the jump from Vegas to the Mets, and they all pointed to Wally as playing a major role in that process. Now, less than a year later, Alderson is talking about being disappointed with the performance and preparation of the guys coming from Triple-A. What's done is done, my hunch is due to things said these two will never reunite. But, it certainly looks and sounds like things were better the way were than how they have been...