The Binghamton Mets announced their field staff for the upcoming season, and again there will be a big league flavor to the Double-A team.
Juan Samuel was named the teams 10th manager.
The upcoming season will be Samuel’s first as a manager. The 45-year-old spent the last four seasons as the Detroit Tigers’ third-base coach after serving as their first-base coach the previous three years.
Samuel played 16 seasons in the Major Leagues with seven different teams, breaking in with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983.
The only Major Leaguer to post double-digit totals in doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases in each of his first four full seasons, Samuel was traded by the Phillies to the Mets in June, 1989 for Lenny Dykstra and Roger McDowell and finished the year with New York.
The three-time All-Star wrapped up his playing career with the
Toronto Blue Jays in 1998, retiring with a .259 average, 161 home runs and 396 stolen bases.
The team also announced former big leaguer John Valentin will serve as the team's batting coach and Mark Brewer will be the pitching coach.