SAN FRANCISCO -- Two years after he was a finalist to be Yankees manager, Hensley Meulens is headed to New York.
Meulens, a longtime member of Bruce Bochy's staff, will be the bench coach for new Mets manager Carlos Beltran, according to multiple reports, including Jennifer Mercedes of La Vida Baseball. Meulens had interviewed last month to be Giants manager but he was not going to be on Gabe Kapler's staff.
Meulens, 52, joined the Giants as hitting coach in 2010 and spent the last two seasons as their bench coach. The Giants moved him to that position in part to give him a better shot of getting managerial gigs, but Meulens is still waiting for the call he has long dreamt of. Taking the Mets job should help Meulens, who has had success managing in the World Baseball Classic, accomplish his goal.
Beltran has no experience as a manager, and should the Mets succeed, Meulens should benefit from being the No. 2 man in the sport's biggest market. He also has found in recent years that it has been somewhat difficult to get interviews because most of his connections were in San Francisco, and taking a job with the Mets will widen that circle.
Meulens and Ron Wotus were the two internal candidates to interview for the job that ultimately went to Kapler. Wotus also interviewed to be bench coach for the Mets, but he pulled out of the running when it became apparent he could stay in San Francisco and be on Kapler's staff. Meulens was thought to be headed to the Marlins, but he withdrew from that opportunity around the time the Giants hired Kapler.
Meulens is the third member of Bochy's staff to find a new job elsewhere. Former bullpen coach Matt Herges will be pitching coach for the Diamondbacks and former hitting coach Alonzo Powell took a job with a team in Japan.