The St. Lucie Mets announced today via Twitter that they had named Chad Kreuter as their next manager.
The Mets minor league system had quite a few coaching moves this off-season following Wally Backman‘s departure from the organization. Backman, 57, was fired as manager of the Triple-A 51s after the season ended. It has been reported recently that Backman believes he has been “blackballed” by Mets GM Sandy Alderson. Backman cited not being approached for other openings in baseball as the reason for feeling blackballed.
The Mets promoted Double-A manager Pedro Lopez to manage the 51s and Luis Rojas formerly the St. Lucie skipper will manage the newly named Binghamton Rumble Ponies. That left the Mets to fill the Single-A position which has been filled with Chad Kreuter.
Kreuter, 52, a former MLB catcher, has previous managing experience with the USC Trojans from 2006-2010. Kreuter compiled a 111-117 record and was relieved following the 2010 season. Kreuter’s best season in the big leagues occurred in 1993 with the Detroit Tigers in which he batted .286 and smacked 15 homers and played a career-high 119 games.
The rest of the St. Lucie Mets coaching staff is as follows:
- Pitching Coach: Marc Valdes
- Hitting Coach: Val Pascucci
- Trainer: Matt Hunter
- Strength: Alex Tavarez
- Mental Skills: Sabrina Gomez