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Ex-Met Ed Lynch joins Ducks as pitching coach

The former Mets pitcher was teammates with new manager Wally Backman for seven seasons in the 1980s.

Mets pitcher Ed Lynch follows through after a

Mets pitcher Ed Lynch follows through after a fifth-inning pitch against the Chicago Cubs at Shea Stadium on Aug. 11, 1985. Photo Credit: AP / Ray Stubblebine

Former Mets pitcher and Cubs general manager Ed Lynch was named Ducks pitching coach on Tuesday, the team announced.

Lynch and new Ducks manager Wally Backman were teammates for seven seasons with the Mets in the 1980s. Lynch, who was traded to the Cubs in the middle of the 1986 season, was 47-54 with a 4.00 ERA in 248 games, including 119 starts, in his career. He made 98 starts and won 38 games with the Mets.

Lynch, 62, was hired as Cubs general manager in 1994 and remained in that role until 2000. Lynch also has been director of player development for the Padres and special assistant to the GM for the Mets and Cubs. Most recently, Lynch was a scout for the Blue Jays from 2010 to 2015.

“I’m excited to join the Ducks,” Lynch said in a statement. “The Atlantic League product is one I am very attracted to as it places winning as a top priority. Combine that with a high level of play, great product for fans, a fantastic showcase for players, and it’s very easy to see why the league has had such great success.”

The Ducks also announced that Lew Ford would be returning as hitting coach. Ford will be in his 10th season as a member of the Ducks and sixth in a player/coach role. Ford was the team’s hitting coach in 2014 and 2018, and was bench coach from 2015 to 2017. Ford, 42, an outfielder and designated hitter, is the franchise’s all-time leading hitter with a .322 batting average.

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