Jauss back to Mets as bench coach

December 16th, 2020

NEW YORK -- The Mets are bringing back another ex-member of the organization, and a link to manager Luis Rojas’ past. Dave Jauss, who spent two years with the Mets early last decade, will return to the dugout as Rojas’ bench coach in 2021.

The Mets announced earlier this offseason that they would not retain Hensley Meulens, who served as Rojas’ bench coach for only one year. Seeking experience to help guide Rojas in his second season, the Mets subsequently tabbed Jauss, who just completed his 33rd season in professional baseball as a coach, instructor, scout and Minor League manager. The first six seasons came with the Expos' organization, where Jauss worked alongside Montreal manager Felipe Alou -- Rojas’ father.

“One of the reasons we brought Dave on was because Luis wanted him,’’ Mets president Sandy Alderson said. “Luis has known him a long time.”

Alderson also has a prior relationship with Jauss, who was the Mets’ bench coach under Jerry Manuel when Alderson came aboard as GM in 2010. The following season, Jauss moved to the Minor League side before taking a job as Clint Hurdle’s bench coach in Pittsburgh for the '13 season. Jauss spent seven years working under Hurdle with the Pirates, and he has also been a bench coach for Dave Trembley with the O's ('08-09) and Grady Little with the Dodgers ('06-07).

As such, Jauss, 63, can offer a wealth of experience to Rojas, who has only been at the big league level for two seasons -- one as a coach and one as the Mets' manager.

“We need to make sure that he has all of the necessary resources to be better and make good decisions based not only on his own judgment, but information that’s available,” Alderson said last month in announcing Rojas’ return. “He’s very open to that.”

The rest of Rojas’ staff remains fluid. Mets officials have not publicly commented on the statuses of pitching coach Jeremy Hefner or hitting coach Chili Davis, though Hefner is widely expected to return. Nor have team officials announced decisions regarding the jobs of first- and third-base coaches Tony DeFrancesco or Gary DiSarcina.

Whatever their choices may be, the Mets would like to achieve continuity on their staff. The team has not had a bench coach last more than one season since Dick Scott spent two years in the position from 2016-17. DiSarcina, Jim Riggleman and Meulens have all subsequently taken turns at the role.

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“I want to thank Steve Cohen, Sandy Alderson, Jared Porter and Luis Rojas for the opportunity to be a part of what this organization can accomplish in the coming years,” Jauss said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be a part of Luis’ staff in addition to helping him grow as a manager, just as his father, Felipe, helped me throughout my career.”