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Friday, January 21, 2011
Official: Teufel to Buffalo, with 'Hitman'

By Adam Rubin


Courtesy of Buffalo Bisons
New Bisons manager Tim Teufel


The Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the Mets, made it official Friday. The International League club named '86 Met Tim Teufel its new manager. Teufel succeeds Ken Oberkfell, who has been promoted to Mets bench coach.

Teufel managed Double-A Binghamton last season. He has managed a total of six seasons in the Mets minor league system, with other stops in Brooklyn, Savannah and St. Lucie.

Mike Easler will serve as hitting coach and Ricky Bones will remain pitching coach.

Wally Backman is expected to be named the new Binghamton manager, jumping from Brooklyn.

Here is the bio on Easler, a new addition to the organization, directly from the Bisons release:

Easler is entering his first season in the Mets organization. Since his retirement in 1988, he’s served as the hitting coach for Milwaukee (1992), Boston (1993) and St. Louis (1999-2001). He joined the Lost Angeles Dodgers organization in 2006 as the hitting coach at Double-A Jacksonville and moved onto Triple-A Las Vegas in 2007. He split the 2008 season as the Dodgers hitting coach and the organization’s minor league hitting instructor.

Nicknamed "The Hitman” during his 14-year big league career, Easler averaged .293 with 118 home runs and 522RBI in 1,151 major league games with Houston, California, Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia and the New York Yankees. The outfielder was a National League All-Star with Pittsburgh in 1981 and was part of the 1979 World Series Champion Pirates team.