NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Mets have hired Tony Tarasco to be their first base coach, bringing the former outfielder back to the franchise where he ended his playing career.
The Mets announced the hiring on Wednesday. 50-year-old Tarasco takes over from Tony DeFrancesco, who takes on a new role as senior adviser on player development and scouting.
Tarasco was born in Manhattan and is one of 139 players to play for the Yankees and Mets, but he is best known in New York for a game in the 1996 AL Championship Series when he was with the Baltimore Orioles. Tarasco chased Derek Jeter’s long fly in the right field when 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reached over the wall and rejected the ball in the seats. The referees ruled it as a home run, and the Yankees continued to win the series.
Tarasco played in 60 games for the Mets in 2002, his last season as a major league.
Tarasco has worked in the farm system in the San Diego Padres for the past five years, including as head of Class A Lake Elsinore and as coordinator for outfield and base running. Prior to that, he was a minor league coach for the Washington Nationals for 10 seasons.
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