Mets fire hitting coach Roessler, bullpen coach Bones

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Tim Tebow will likely begin the 2019 baseball season in Triple A, but new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen didn't rule out that the former National Football League quarterback could be on the MLB roster for Opening Day, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi. When he figured out the general manager was Tebow's ex-agent, he flipped out further, calling for Van Wagenen to apologize to Mets fans for even suggesting Tebow would be on the Opening Day roster.

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"Having someone that is an experienced coach that can help him with in-game management we thought would be a win for Mickey and help him with his development, " Van Wagenen said.

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Amaro, the former Phillies GM, has a relationship with Van Wagenen based on their shared Stanford roots and is viewed as a front-office asset who can assist with personnel decisions. Bones had been bullpen coach since the 2012 season. He knows what he's doing up in that front office.

Van Wagenen, the former agent hired last week to replace Sandy Alderson, said he had asked Alderson's top three assistants to stay on: assistant general manager John Ricco and special advisers JP Ricciardi and Omar Minaya.

Tim Tebow started to really come along for the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies around mid-season during his second minor league baseball season. As a team, the Mets hit just.234 with a.312 on base percentage and.389 slugging percentage, marks that all ranked towards the bottom among major league teams in terms of offensive production. Tim Tebow is 30 years old. "You're trying to build a winning culture, and you're going to tell me that you're going to put Tim Tebow on your major-league roster?"

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