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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Mets shake up coaching staff

By Adam Rubin

The Mets have made major changes to their coaching staff. Chip Hale has been named bench coach of the Oakland A's on a two-year deal.

Read the news story here.

Here's the team's press release:

The New York Mets today announced that Bench Coach Ken Oberkfell, Third Base Coach Chip Hale, First Base Coach Mookie Wilson and Bullpen Coach Jon Debus will not return to the major league club for the 2012 season. 

Tim Teufel will take over as Third Base Coach and Ricky Bones will become Bullpen Coach. Hitting Coach Dave Hudgens and Pitching Coach Dan Warthen will return to Manager Terry Collins’ staff in the same positions next year. 

Hale declined an offer to remain on Collins’ staff to pursue another Major League coaching opportunity.  Wilson and Debus will be offered other positions within the organization.

Teufel was the Manager of the Buffalo Bisons (AAA) of the International League for the 2011 season and Bones was Pitching Coach.

 The Mets will announce further additions to the Major League coaching staff in the coming weeks.