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Teufel Named Bisons Manager01/21/2011 9:31 AM ET
Buffalo, N.Y., January 21, 2011 -The Buffalo Bisons are pleased to announce that the New York Mets have selected TIM TEUFEL as the Herd's manager for the 2011 season. The World Series Champion is the Bisons 16th manager in the team's modern era.
Pitching coach RICKY BONES, athletic trainer BRIAN CHICKLO and strength and conditioning coach KEN COWARD will all return for their third seasons with the Bisons. MIKE EASLER has joined the Mets organization and will serve as the Herd's hitting coach for 2011.
Teufel, 52, is entering his 8th season as a minor league manager in the Mets organization and his first at the Triple-A level. He began his managerial career in 2003 with short-season Brooklyn of the NY-Penn League and earned a 47-28 record and a McNamara Division championship. Teufel then spent five of the next six seasons as a Single-A manager before joining Double-A Binghamton in 2010 (66-76 record).
Last season with Binghamton, Teufel managed Mets' prospects OF Lucas Duda, OF Zach Lutz, RHP Jenrry Mejia, LHP Roy Merritt, C Mike Nickeas, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis and RHP Josh Stinson before they made late-season appearances with the Bisons.
For his career, Teufel has a 403-480 (.456) record as a minor league skipper. He joined the Mets organization in 1998 when he was named to the professional scouting department. He spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons as the Mets minor league infield coordinator.
Teufel played 11 major league seasons from 1983-1993, including six with the New York Mets (1986-1991). He played 93 regular season games for the 1986 World Series Champion Mets and hit .444 (4-9) with a home run and an RBI in three games against the Boston Red Sox.
Teufel was originally drafted by Minnesota in the second round of the June 1980 Free Agent Draft and played in parts of three seasons with the Twins before an off-season trade in 1986 brought him to New York. The infielder finished his career with three years in San Diego. Overall, Teufel hit .254 with 86 home runs and 379RBI in 1,073 career big league games.
Pitching Coach - Ricky Bones
Bones pitched 11 seasons in the major leagues with San Diego, Milwaukee, New York-AL, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Baltimore and Florida with a career record of 63-82 and a 4.85ERA in 375 games. He was an American League All-Star with Milwaukee in 1994 and won 10+ games in three consecutive seasons with the Brewers (11 -1993, 10 -1994, 10 -1995).
Hitting Coach - Mike Easler
Nicknamed the "Hit Man" during his 14-year big league career, Easler averaged .293 with 118 home runs and 522RBI in 1,151 major league games with Houston, California, Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia and the New York Yankees. The outfielder was a National League All-Star with Pittsburgh in 1981 and was part of the 1979 World Series Champion Pirates team.
Athletic Trainer - Brian Chicklo
Strength and Conditioning Coach - Ken Coward