Will the Miami Marlins add former Yankees teammate Hensley Meulens to the team’s coaching staff for the 2020 season?
The Miami Marlins could be adding another former MLB player who is familiar with manager Don Mattingly to the team’s coaching staff.
Hensley Meulens, come on down.
According to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports, Meulens is not one of the finalists for the manager job and now appears headed for Miami. Meulens and current Marlins manager Don Mattingly played together with the Yankees in the early 1990s.
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The front office and Mattingly are still in the process of filling out their staff for the 2020 season. Mattingly was given a two-year contract extension prior to the end of the 2019 season. Miami finished 57-105 this past season. The team announced it has brought in James Rowson from the Minnesota Twins to serve as bench coach and to work with the organization as a hitting instructor.
The news of Wellington Cepeda becoming the team’s bullpen coach was also released. Cepeda has a history with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, Jr. from their time together with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
There is no word yet what position Mullens would fill if he comes to Miami, but there is an opening for a third base coach since Fredi Gonzalez will not return to the team to pursue other options.
"As stated by Pavlovic, “Meulens just finished his 10th season on the Giants’ staff and his second as Bochy’s bench coach. He previously had served as hitting coach. When the Giants moved Meulens to bench coach, the expectation was that he would soon get an opportunity to manage somewhere — possibly in San Francisco — but he thus far still is waiting.”"
The front office extended Mattingly’s contract prior to the end of the 2019 season for two more years, but it is not a given the skipper will finish out that deal. He is currently the longest-tenured manager in Marlins history and has been part of the rebuilding project Jeter and the new ownership group outlined even before they bought the franchise from Jeffrey Loria after the 2017 season.