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Dan Warthen to return as Mets pitching coach

Dan Warthen, Francisco Rodriguez

New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, left, congratulates reliever Francisco Rodriguez after Rodriguez closed out the Mets’ 8-6, come-from-behind victory over the Washington Nationals in a baseball game in New York, Tuesday, May 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Third base coach Chip Hale is staying with the Mets following the team’s house-cleaning and apparently pitching coach Dan Warthen will be sticking around too.

Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that “Warthen says he’s been asked by Sandy Alderson to return next year as the Mets’ pitching coach.”

Warthen replaced Rick Peterson as the Mets’ pitching coach in mid-2008. In his first two full seasons on the job the pitching staff ranked ninth and sixth in runs allowed among NL teams while calling a pitcher-friendly ballpark home.

Young starters Mike Pelfrey and Jon Niese have both developed well under Warthen, but he wasn’t able to keep Oliver Perez from imploding and it’s unclear how much credit any pitching should get for the success of a knuckle-baller like R.A. Dickey.