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Ex-Met catcher Brian Schneider to manage Syracuse Mets

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The Mets’ 2008-09 backstop will replace Tony DeFrancesco at the helm of the organization’s Triple-A affiliate

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The Mets announced Monday that they will be bringing in former Met Brian Schneider to manage the Syracuse Mets in 2020. The previous manager, Tony DeFrancesco, will be in Queens this season as the new first base coach.

A 13-year veteran, Schneider was the Mets’ starting catcher in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He came to the Mets as a strong defender with a near-average bat, but was plagued by injuries in his tenure and struggled at the plate particularly in his last season with them. Following his retirement at the end of the 2012 season, he coached in the Florida State League in the Marlins organization before joining their big league team as a catching coach from 2016-2019.

In addition to his connection to the Mets, Schneider also had a previous relationship with Brodie Van Wagenen as a client of Van Wagenen’s CAA Sports agency.

Announcements regarding the remainder of the Syracuse Mets staff are still pending.