Mets hire Tony Tarasco as first base coach

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Luis Rojas’ coaching staff has a second new face for 2021.

Tony Tarasco, who spent the past five seasons as the Padres’ minor league high performance and outfield/baserunning coach, was hired Wednesday by the Mets as their new first base coach.

Tarasco’s additional duties will include overseeing the outfielders and base running. The 50-year-old (who played for the Mets in 2002) spent three seasons the Nationals’ first base coach before joining the Padres.

Tony DeFrancesco, who spent last season as the Mets’ first base coach, has been reassigned to a senior advisory role in player development and scouting.

Earlier this offseason, the Mets named Dave Jauss as bench coach, replacing Hensley Meulens. The Mets aren’t expected to announce their full coaching staff until next week at the earliest, but it’s possible there will be further additions and reassignments, according to a club source.

On a recent Zoom call, Rojas said pitching coach Jeremy Hefner will return, and it was expected hitting coach Chili Davis would be back. Rojas’ 2020 staff also included Gary DiSarcina (third base), Ricky Bones (bullpen), Brian Schneider (quality control), Jeremy Accardo (assistant pitching) and Tom Slater (assistant hitting).

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