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Mets hire Carlos Mendoza as new manager

Jun 6, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza (64) reacts after being ejected during the tenth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets officially named Carlos Mendoza as their new manager on Monday.

The two sides agreed to terms on a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth year. Further details of the deal were not disclosed.

“I couldn’t be more excited to manage this tremendous franchise,” Mendoza said. “I want Mets fans to know that I will pour every ounce of energy into this job and we share a common goal of bringing a championship to Queens. I’m proud to represent Venezuela and the Mets and I’m grateful Steve (Cohen), Alex (Cohen) and David (Stearns) gave me this wonderful opportunity.”

Mendoza, 43, had been with the New York Yankees since 2009, most recently serving as the bench coach.

“Carlos has a brilliant baseball mind and a finely honed ability to collaborate with others,” said Stearns, the club’s president of baseball operations. “He comes with a fantastic reputation as a trusted leader and someone who has been beloved in every stop of his career. Carlos knows what it takes to lead, especially here in New York, and I am looking forward to partnering with him to bring sustained success to this franchise.”

The first-time skipper replaces Buck Showalter, who was fired on Oct. 1 following a 75-87 finish in 2023.

Mendoza began coaching in the Yankees’ minor league system in 2009. He joined the major league club as an infield coach in 2018 and spent the past four seasons as manager Aaron Boone’s bench coach.

Mendoza, from Venezuela, appeared in 28 major league games as a player, including 15 with the Mets in 1997. He collected four hits in the big leagues.

The Mets have scheduled a press conference at Citi Field to introduce Mendoza on Tuesday at noon ET.

–Field Level Media

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