Earlier this week in Los Angeles, MetsBlog contributor Robert Brender talked with Mets third-base coach Tim Teufel about the team’s play on the infield, Wilmer Flores, life as a third-base coach and returning to Dodger Stadium…
Here are some highlights from the discussion, which you can listen to in its entirety at the end of this post:
Does returning to Dodger Stadium ever rekindle memories or emotions of 1988?
Tim Teufel: “It’s a beautiful place, but it does bring back memories. It was tough. We beat them handedly all season long and then they beat us in the playoffs. So, it’s bittersweet coming here, but that was a long time ago. Right now I’m enjoying the coaching aspects and being a part of what’s going on now. The stuff in the past is in the past.”
What are Wilmer Flores’s strengths and weakness, on the infield?
Tim Teufel: “He has shown good arm strength. It looks like a corner position is doable for him, whether first or third. … He turns the double play nicely, but whether he has enough foot speed to play second base and get to balls, that remains to be seen.”
How do you prepare each game as a third base coach?
Tim Teufel: “We need to know the arm strength that each opposing outfielder brings. We know if they have quick releases, we know if they have a plus arm, we know their foot speed, and that’s from the film. … We’re able to look at it and decide and that comes in to my thinking when the ball is hit, the speed of the runner, where the ball is hit, the arm strength of the outfielder, the release, and where the runner is at when the guy catches the ball – all of that stuff happens in a matter of seconds and you have to make a judgement whether to send a guy or not. Sure, the scoreboard plays a role – If we’re behind, I might take less chances than if we’re ahead. So, it’s a combination of things and you don’t want to just throw away outs, especially with runners in scoring position.”
Robert Brender is a broadcaster for Long Beach State Men’s Basketball, host of Your 49er Insider and guest contributor to MetsBlog.com and MetsMinorLeagueBlog.com. You can follow him on Twitter here.