After five years as the Mets’ third base coach, Tim Teufel has accepted a new position with the Mets organization as a roving infield instructor and club ambassador. This news comes ten days after it was announced that Teufel would not be returning as third base coach in 2017. New hire Glenn Sherlock will take over that role, in addition to serving as the team’s catching coach.
Teufel had become something of a divisive figure among fans in 2016. As the second baseman for the 1986 team that won the World Series, he enjoyed a comfortable base of fan support. However, a few too many questionable calls at third base eroded his support in 2016, most notably the decision to send Wilmer Flores home on a play that resulted in him being thrown out at the plate and injured for the rest of the season.
Teufel was considered for the manager position at Triple-A Las Vegas, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, where he would have replaced 1986 teammate Wally Backman. Instead, he joins another teammate, Mookie Wilson, in his role as club ambassador.