Hensley Meulens

Hensley Meulens could be in line to manage Mets with Carlos Beltran out

Hensley Meulens could be in line to manage Mets with Carlos Beltran out

Hensley Meulens has spent nearly a decade waiting for his opportunity to run a team. He might finally get that chance thanks to a cheating scandal that has rocked the sport. 

Carlos Beltran stepped down as Mets manager Thursday morning before ever managing a game for the team, and Meulens, Beltran's bench coach, should be in consideration for the job after 10 years with the Giants. 

Meulens, 52, all of a sudden finds himself in an odd spot. He has interviewed for a half-dozen managerial jobs over the years and was among the first to speak to Farhan Zaidi and Giants management about the job that eventually went to Gabe Kapler. Meulens didn't gain much traction outside of that interview with the Giants and seemed headed for a job on Miami's staff, but the Mets called after hiring Beltran and he ended up with the No. 2 job in the country's biggest market.

That has thrown Meulens back into the spotlight, and he could find himself as a candidate in New York and Boston, where the Red Sox parted ways with Alex Cora. 

Meulens has been ready for this opportunity for years. He was Bochy's bench coach for two seasons after spending the previous eight as hitting coach, winning three titles. Meulens is fluent in five languages, is popular with players, and possesses an easy-going attitude that could help ease the transition for the Mets, who all of a sudden find themselves in the middle of the biggest scandal the sport has seen in years. 

Beltran, hired the first week of November, was named repeatedly in MLB's press release earlier this week that hammered the Astros for using electronics to steal signs. He was not punished by MLB because commissioner Rob Manfred decided not to impose penalties on players, but it still left the Mets in an awkward spot, particularly after the Astros fired manager A.J. Hinch and the Red Sox opted for a new direction with Cora facing his own suspension. 

In a statement, the Mets claimed they mutually parted ways with Beltran, a former big league star who was traded to the Giants in 2011. 

"We met with Carlos last night and again this morning and agreed to mutually part ways. This was not an easy decision," the Mets said. "Considering the circumstances, it became clear to all parties that it was not in anyone's best interest for Carlos to move forward as Manager of the New York Mets. We believe that Carlos was honest and forthcoming with us. We are confident that this will not be the final chapter in his baseball career.

"We remain excited about the talent on this team and we are committed to reaching our goals of winning now and in the future."

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Meulens was one of two former Bochy coaches to interview with the Mets this offseason. Ron Wotus also was in consideration for bench coach before joining Kapler's staff as third base coach. The bench coach traditionally is the next man up when a manager is fired, although this is certainly a different circumstance for the sport. It's extremely unusual for any team to hold a manager search a month before spring training.

Right now, the Mets, Red Sox and Astros are all scrambling.

MLB rumors: Hensley Meulens joins Mets staff after decade with Giants

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MLB rumors: Hensley Meulens joins Mets staff after decade with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two years after he was a finalist to be the Yankees manager, Hensley Meulens is headed to New York. 

Meulens, a longtime member of Bruce Bochy's staff, will be the bench coach for new Mets manager Carlos Beltran, according to multiple reports, including Jennifer Mercedes of La Vida Baseball. Meulens had interviewed last month to be Giants manager but he was not going to be on Gabe Kapler's staff. 

Meulens, 52, joined the Giants as hitting coach in 2010 and spent the last two seasons as their bench coach. The Giants moved him to that position in part to give him a better shot of getting managerial gigs, but Meulens is still waiting for the call he has long dreamt of. Taking the Mets job should help Meulens, who has had success managing in the World Baseball Classic, accomplish his goal. 

Beltran has no experience as a manager, and should the Mets succeed, Meulens should benefit from being the No. 2 man in the sport's biggest market. He also has found in recent years that it has been somewhat difficult to get interviews because most of his connections were in San Francisco, and taking a job with the Mets will widen that circle. 

Meulens and Ron Wotus were the two internal candidates to interview for the job that ultimately went to Kapler.

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Wotus also interviewed to be the bench coach for the Mets, but he pulled out of the running when it became apparent he could stay in San Francisco and be on Kapler's staff. Meulens was thought to be headed to the Marlins, but he withdrew from that opportunity around the time the Giants hired Kapler. 

Meulens is the third member of Bochy's staff to find a new job elsewhere. Former bullpen coach Matt Herges will be pitching coach for the Diamondbacks and former hitting coach Alonzo Powell took a job with a team in Japan. 

MLB rumors: Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens accepts Marlins job

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MLB rumors: Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens accepts Marlins job

Hensley Meulens, along with third base coach Ron Wotus, was one of the first two people who interviewed to be Bruce Bochy's replacement. Now, he's no longer with the Giants. 

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Sunday that Meulens has accepted a job with the Marlins. It's unknown what his official title will be, but it sounds like hitting coach and first base coach are open in Miami. 

Meulens joins bullpen coach Matt Herges as the second Giants coach to leave for a new team this offseason. Herges is staying in the NL West as the D'backs new pitching coach

Meulens, 52, spent the last 10 years on the Giants' coaching staff. He was Bochy's bench coach the last two seasons, and he previously served as San Francisco's hitting coach. 

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The longtime Giants coach has interviewed with several teams over the years for managerial openings. For now, he will continue to wait for his shot. 

Meulens is joining Don Mattingly's staff -- the two played with each other on the Yankees in the early 1990s -- and he surely has hopes to still one day be a manager.