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Mets scheduled to interview Jeremy Hefner for pitching coach job

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Hefner is just 33 years old and a couple of years removed from being a major league pitcher himself.

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The Mets are scheduled to interview Jeremy Hefner, who pitched for the team at the major league level in 2012 and 2013, for their pitching coach job this week, according to a report from The Athletic’s Marc Carig. Those were Hefner’s only two years in the big leagues, and after undergoing two Tommy John surgeries in the span of fourteen months in 2013 and 2014, he pitched a bit more in the minors before retiring ahead of the 2017 season.

Since then, Hefner joined the Twins organization as an advance scout and was promoted to assistant pitching coach for the team for the 2019 season. In his piece, Carig writes: “Within the industry, Hefner is viewed as a “conduit,” a recently retired player who is capable of blending practical experience with a deep knowledge of data-driven techniques.”

Eno Sarris included Hefner in a list of potential major league pitching coaches that he wrote, also at The Athletic, just last week.

In his major league career, Hefner threw 224.1 innings over the course of 50 appearances with a 4.65 ERA. And perhaps most importantly, he became the star of one of the best Mets GIFs of all time.