Mets Hire Jeremy Hefner As Pitching Coach
November 26, 2019 - 11:10 am

Jeremy Hefner is returning as pitching coach to the only major league team he ever played for.

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The Mets have hired the 33-year-old, WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Tuesday.

Hefner spent two years (2012-13) pitching for the Mets during a brief career in the big leagues that was derailed by two Tommy John surgeries. The right-hander retired after pitching for the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate in 2016.

Hefner spent 2019 as the assistant pitching coach for the Twins. Minnesota exceeded expectations and reached the postseason partially because of the performances of Jake Odorizzi and the rest of the pitching staff. The Twins had a 4.18 team ERA, which was ninth best in the league.

Jeremy Hefner pitches for the Mets in August 2013.
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The Mets fired pitching coach Dave Eiland during last season and replaced him with 82-year old Phil Regan, who took the job on an interim basis.

Hefner, who will serve under rookie manager Carlos Beltran, inherits a pitching staff that includes top talents such as two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard but also a shaky bullpen that includes Edwin Diaz, who went from MLB's saves leader with Seattle in 2018 to highly unreliable in his first year in Flushing.

University of Michigan pitching coach Chris Fetter and Brewers bullpen coach Steve Karsay were among the other known candidates who interviewed for the job.