Tony Tarasco named Mets first base coach for 2021

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Tony Tarasco coaching for Nationals
Tony Tarasco coaching for Nationals

The Mets have hired Tony Tarasco to serve as their first-base coach in 2021, the team announced Wednesday. Tarasco will also oversee the team’s outfielders and baserunning.

He spent the last five years coaching in the San Diego Padres organization, serving as the team’s Minor League High Performance and Outfield/Baserunning coordinator. In 2019, he also managed the Lake Elsinore Storm, the team’s Class-A affiliate, to the California League finals.

Tarasco coached first for the Nationals from 2013-2015, and was a member of their coaching staff beginning in 2005, also serving as the team’s minor league outfielder/baserunning coordinator, among a number of other roles.

Tarasco played 457 games over eight Major League seasons, hitting .240 with 34 home runs and 118 RBIs. His final season came with the Mets in 2002, where he hit six homers and 15 RBIs in 60 games.

Tony DeFrancesco, who coached first for the Mets last season, will shift to a front office role as senior advisor of player development and scouting.