Flying Coach

As we’d been expecting to see, hitting coach Howard Johnson has cashiered No. 52 and returned to the No. 20 jersey he last wore as a Met player 15 years ago. Bullpen coach Guy Conti in the meantime switches from 56 to 52, allowing bullpen pitcher Juan Lopez to take 56. We hadn’t nailed down Lopez previously.

Bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello in the meantime was spotted wearing54, as noted below, and catching instructor Sandy Alomar Jr. has slipped into No. 90. These changes have been added to the handyclip-n-save Spring Training Roster above. Many thanks to Bryan, David, Chris and other commenters for the updates.

Big thanks also to MetsGrrl for pointing out how difficult it was to get in touch — turns out I’d mistakenly “turned off” the contact link. Duh.

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by DaveM. (not verified) on Wed, 03/12/2008 – 10:13pm.
    Do you suppose that the Mets have mothballed #31 for either John Franco, or Mike Piazza, or both? Certainly not for Jack DiLauro…
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    Submitted by Jon Springer on Thu, 03/13/2008 – 12:03pm.
    I’m alsmost certain they retire 31 when Piazza gets his Hall of Fame call if not sooner. I sense their relationship with Franco isn’t great right now… not sure what they’ll do with him.

    I don’t think Franco really deserves number retirement, but he oughta get a bust in the Mets Hall of Fame eventually.

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