New York Mets: Glenn Abbott

B-Mets staff remaining intact

January, 13, 2014
Jan 13

The 2013 Binghamton Mets staff is returning intact for the upcoming season.

Pedro Lopez remains the manager, with Luis Natera serving as hitting coach and Glenn Abbott serving as pitching coach.

Last season, the B-Mets produced a franchise-record 86 wins and earned their first playoff appearance since 2004. Lopez earned Eastern League manager of the year honors.

The 2014 team should include catching prospect Kevin Plawecki, first baseman Jayce Boyd, third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez and potentially outfielder Dustin Lawley, who led the Florida State League in homers last year.

The Triple-A Las Vegas staff is Wally Backman as manager with Frank Viola as pitching coach and George Greer as hitting coach. The Class A St. Lucie staff is Ryan Ellis as manager with Phil Regan as pitching coach and Joel Fuentes as hitting coach.

Randy St. Claire, who served as Triple-A pitching coach last season, has left the organization. He has been named Triple-A pitching coach for the Blue Jays, in Buffalo.

Morning Briefing: Harvey limit ID'd

August, 15, 2013

FIRST PITCH: Time to regroup.

The Mets failed to hold a two-run lead in the ninth inning Wednesday at Dodger Stadium and lost, 5-4, to Los Angeles in 12 innings.

The Dodgers completed a sweep and are now 40-8 since June 22 -- the best 48-game stretch in the majors since the Cardinals went 41-7 from Aug. 11 to Oct. 1, 1942.

The Mets bused to San Diego after the defeat.

Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.63 ERA) opposes right-hander Tyson Ross (3-5, 2.75) in the 10:10 p.m. ET series opener at Petco Park today.

Thursday’s news reports:

• The Mets are targeting 210 to 215 innings for Matt Harvey’s cap this season, notes Jared Diamond in the Journal. Writes Diamond:

The Mets have tentatively outlined a road map that would allow Harvey to make eight more starts, with about half of them coming on an extra day of rest. Using off-days to their advantage and occasionally using a spot starter, they think they can finagle Harvey to the end.

LaTroy Hawkins was struck in the groin with a comebacker, then served up a game-tying two-run homer to the next batter, pinch hitter Andre Ethier. Pedro Feliciano suffered the loss in the 12th when Adrian Gonzalez plated Yasiel Puig with a double.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Times and

Jeremy Hefner’s demotion to Las Vegas has been rescinded. Instead, Hefner has been placed on the major league disabled list with a partially torn MCL in his right elbow. Hefner will not need surgery and is expected to return this season. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

• Travis d’Arnaud spoke with about waiting for the baby Buck to be born. D’Arnaud is expected to make his major league debut once Buck goes on three-day paternity leave. Buck’s wife had complications with her last pregnancy with twins five years ago and required a C-section, so the preference is for a natural childbirth this time. Read more in the Post.

Wilmer Flores’ twisted right ankle felt “marginally better” Wednesday. The rookie pinch hit in the ninth inning, but departed for a pinch runner after singling.

• Dave Caldwell in the Journal profiles Noah Syndergaard, the Double-A pitching phenom acquired in the R.A. Dickey deal with d’Arnaud. Syndergaard is on a severe pitch limit the rest of the season in order to keep him from hitting an innings cap before the Eastern League playoffs. Writes Caldwell:

The plan, at least as far as Syndergaard understands it, is to finish the season at Binghamton. He is likely to pitch about five innings per start, and [pitching coach Glenn] Abbott said Syndergaard will skip a start after Friday's game at home against New Britain.

This is all fine to Syndergaard, who said, "I just throw until they tell me not to." He achieved both of the goals he set for himself this season -- pitch in Class AA and in the Futures Game -- and he hopes to make his first big push for the Mets next spring.

Still, Pedro Lopez, the Binghamton manager, said, "Every time I take him out after five innings, he says, `Is that it?'"

• Jorge Castillo in the Star-Ledger looks at Mets pitchers’ lack of success bunting this season.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit an inside-the-park homer and Las Vegas pulled into a first-place tie with an 8-1 win against New Orleans. Read the full minor league recap here.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report examines whether the Mets mishandled Flores’ injury.

BIRTHDAYS: Oliver Perez turns 32. … Duffy Dyer is 68. … Nino Espinosa was born on this date in 1953. He died at age 34 on Christmas Eve.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Are you still upbeat about the Mets’ season?

Minor league coaching assignments

March, 5, 2012
Here are the Mets' expected minor league coaching assignments for 2012. The Mets now have eight teams after the elimination of the Gulf Coast League squad based in Port St. Lucie.

Buffalo (AAA)
Manager: Wally Backman
Pitching coach: Mark Brewer
Hitting coach: George Greer

Binghamton (AA)
Manager: Pedro Lopez
Pitching coach: Glenn Abbott
Hitting coach: Luis Natera

St. Lucie
Manager: Ryan Ellis
Pitching coach: Phil Regan
Hitting coach: Benny Distefano
Coach: Jose Carreno

Manager: Luis Rojas
Pitching coach: Frank Viola
Hitting coach: Joel Fuentes

Manager: Rich Donnelly
Pitching coach: Marc Valdes
Hitting coach: Bobby Malek

Manager: Jon Debus
Pitching coach: Jonathan Hurst
Hitting coach: Yunir Garcia

Dominican Mets 1
Manager: Jose Leger
Pitching coach: Francis Martinez
Hitting coach: Ender Chavez (brother of ex-Met Endy Chavez)
Coach: Manny Martinez

Dominican Mets 2
Manager: Alberto Castillo
Pitching coach: Benjamin Marte
Hitting coach: Leo Hernandez
Coach: David Davalillo

Empire tribute to Carter

February, 17, 2012
The Empire State Building will be blue and orange this evening in memory of Gary Carter, State Senator Marty Golden tweeted.

• Left-hander Scott Kazmir threw for scouts Friday. ESPN's Buster Olney heard from a pair of scouts, one who said Kazmir threw about 86-87 mph and touched 89, and another who said Kazmir was 88-89 and touched 91. Multiple reports indicate the Mets are not interested in signing Kazmir.

• Double-A Binghamton announced its staff. Joining manager Pedro Lopez is hitting coach Luis Natera and pitching coach Glenn Abbott.

• The Mets' complex is closed Saturday and Sunday. Ike Davis is headed to Key West for some fishing.

Paul DePodesta told Baseball America that prospect Wilmer Flores will start playing third base in the minors this season, while not totally vacating shortstop.



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