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Tim Teufel won’t return as Mets’ third base coach

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Glenn Sherlock takes over as the team’s third base coach.

MLB: New York Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Teufel will no longer be the Mets’ third base coach and will be replaced by Glenn Sherlock, who will also serve as the team’s catching coach.

The Mets made it known that they were looking for someone to work with their catchers for 2017, and Sherlock was later spotted with manager Terry Collins at baseball’s general manager meetings. The Mets had a need to fill when they lost Bob Geren to the Dodgers after the 2015 season. Geren was a former catcher who also worked with the Mets’ backstops while serving as the bench coach under Terry Collins. Dick Scott, who did not have any catching experience in his career, replaced Geren as the Mets’ bench coach for the 2016 season.

Sherlock, however, has a similar background to Geren’s. He is a former minor league catcher, and has served as a bench coach, a third base coach, and a catching coach within the Diamondbacks organization.

As for Teufel, the Mets hope to keep him within the organization in a different role. It was a bit of a rough year at third base for Teufel, who made some questionable decisions that cost the Mets. Wilmer Flores was thrown out at home on multiple occasions because of Teufel’s decisions to give him the green light. One mental error was in June in a 4-3 loss against the Braves. Flores tried to score from first with no outs in the ninth, but was thrown out at the plate. Teufel again sent Flores in September in another close game with the Braves. Flores was injured in a collision at home plate and would miss the rest of the season, so the timing might be right to move on from Teufel.