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Mets coaching staff, Wally Backman, Adam Greenberg
MIAMI -- Just a few quick hits before the Mets face the Marlins to begin the final series of the season:
-- The Mets coaching staff will be retained for next season, manager Terry Collins announced Monday. The group appeared somewhat vulnerable after the team's second-half collapse. But Collins praised the staff's work ethic and attitude, even after the season took its sudden downward turn.
"I wanted them all back," said Collins, who hashed out the coaching situation this week in conversations with general manager Sandy Alderson.
-- Dan Warthen remains the longest-tenured member of the staff, an important distinction considering that the team intends to build around pitching. For all of the Mets' deficiencies, they have amassed a group of young arms that are pushing to stay in the big leagues. Warthen will be tasked with overseeing their development.
"We have a very bright future," he said. "I'm glad to be a part of that."
-- The Mets have yet to make an announcement on Wally Backman's assignment for next season. The retention of all the coaches means there will be no vacancies on the big league staff. Backman managed Triple-A Buffalo this season, though the affiliation shifts to Las Vegas beginning next year.
-- Adam Greenberg's comeback story will share the spotlight on Tuesday night with R.A. Dickey's final chance to impress Cy Young Award voters. While both Collins and Dickey appreciate Greenberg's one at-bat comeback with the Marlins-- more than seven years after his career ended on one pitch to the helmet -- the Mets will treat him no differently than any other hitter.
In short, don't expect Dickey to groove any pitches down the heart of the plate.
"He's going to get a steady dose of my best, whatever that is," Dickey said.