It is unlikely that Clayton McCullough would accept the role of bench coach with the Mets

While the MLB shutdown has halted all major league player activities, teams are still allowed to make changes to their coaching staff. The New York Mets appointed Buck Showalter as their new manager last month and is now in the process of liquidating his team.

The Mets have made several moves this week, first appointing Eric Chavez as their new hitting head coach. They are also reported to be close to appointing Joey Cora as their third head coach.

With these vacancies close to being filled, the Mets have shifted their focus to finding a new coach on the bench. Among the prospects was Los Angeles Dodgers coach Clayton McCullough, who impressed New York during his interview at the managerial opening.

Some consider McCullough to be the preferred candidate for the position, but according to MLB’s John HeymanMcCullough considers a distant opportunity to leave the Dodgers:

McCullough has been with the Dodgers since 2015, initially serving as a Minor League field coordinator and helping oversee an alternate training site at USC during the 2020 season.

McCullough was promoted to first head coach last year after George Lombard left the organization to become the Detroit Tigers coach on the bench.

Prior to joining the Dodgers, McCullough worked for the Toronto Blue Jays organization from 2006 to 2014, managing four of its affiliates during the 2013 season. He went 629-559 during that time.

Hasleman reportedly left the Dodgers for the Angels

While McCullough will likely remain in place with the Dodgers, the organization is reported to have lost former Oklahoma City manager and bench coach Bill Hasleman, who will become the new Los Angeles Angels coach.

Hasleman is coach’s second out-of-season departure as Los Angeles previously saw former Great Lakes region coach David Popkins leave to the same position with the Minnesota Twins.

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