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The Mets hired 82-year-old Phil Regan as their pitching coach Thursday after firing Dave Eiland, a move that flies in the face of conventional wisdom.
In a game that’s trending younger, the Mets are going old school.


Regan, who was part of the 1969 Cubs team that blew the division to the Mets and later served as Cubs pitching coach in 1997 and ’98 under Jim Riggleman, made his major-league debut in 1960 and had been working in the Mets farm system.
82-year-old Phil Regan, the new Mets pitching coach, made his MLB debut in 1960 with the Tigers.His manager that day, Jimmy Dykes, was born in 1896.
— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) June 20, 2019
“I worked with Phil a little in the minor leagues, so I know him pretty well,” Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom said Thursday. “Anytime you can take something from somebody, it’s a plus. He’s going to bring in different ideas, and I look forward to learning more from him.”


Regan’s age, deGrom insisted, will not be an issue.

“I’m pretty sure every one of our starters has worked with Phil,” he said. “It’s probably having a familiar face come in. He knows all of us, he knows how to act around all of us, what we receive well and what we don’t.”
The Mets did not make Regan available for comment after the announcement
The news was stunning to most observers because major-league coaching careers seldom last into one’s 70s, much less get a second life in one’s 80s.
“I like it because that will put me there in about 17 years,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “And under the circumstance, he gives us all hope.”
Maddon, the oldest manager in the majors at 65, conceded that hiring older coaches and managers is an anomaly today. The era of the so-called “old boys network,” when general managers hired their friends, is over. A younger group of GMs, many with no playing careers, have generally hired younger and more analytically inclined candidates.

“I don’t know the motivation for that,” Maddon said. “I’m not in their shoes.”
Regan’s hiring brought back memories of Maddon’s longtime friend and former Angels coach Jimmie Reese, who spent 78 years in the game before he died in 1994 at 92.
“I’ve always appreciated Jimmie because I thought Jimmie maintained his contemporary nature, despite his age,” Maddon said. “And there’s a difference between old and being contemporary.
“If you’re able to understand the moment and not get caught up in the past all the time and — I don’t want to say accept change — but understand change and then work your way through it, you can do this as long as you want. I really believe that.”
There are several examples of men managing or coaching baseball into their 70s. Connie Mack managed until he was 88 before retiring in 1950, though life obviously moved at a much slower pace in those days.

Former Cubs manager Don Zimmer coached into his 70s and was a 72-year-old coach with the Yankees in 2003 when he was involved in a famous brawl with Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez during the 2003 American League Championship Series.
Jack McKeon was 72 when he was named manager of the Marlins during the 2003 season, replacing Jeff Torborg. When Commissioner Bud Selig fined the Marlins for not following his directive to consider minorities for key positions, McKeon made note of his age and quipped: “I am a minority.”
McKeon’s Marlins wound up shocking the Cubs in the National League Championship Series and beating the Yankees in the World Series. Now 88, he’s a special adviser to Nationals GM Mike Rizzo.
It was Rizzo who bucked the trend in 2015 and hired Dusty Baker, then 66, to manage the Nationals. Baker said he was the best looking 66-year-old he knew and insisted he related well with millennials.
“I would like to think I transcend different generations, like some musicians,” he said after being hired. “I mean, Stevie Wonder still sounds good. The Doors might sound even better. I believe in old morals and ideas, but you translate them in modern ways so they can understand.”
Regan was a 60-year-old pitching coach under Riggleman — now the Mets bench coach — in 1997 when I began my first season as the Tribune’s Cubs beat writer. He had been fired as Orioles manager after only one season in ‘95. The Cubs lost their first 14 games under Riggleman and Regan, setting an NL record for futility.
But one year later they welcomed 20-year-old Kerry Wood, who tied a major-league record with 20 strikeouts in his fifth start and helped lead the Cubs to the wild-card spot. Regan had predicted Wood would have no trouble getting acclimated to the majors.
“I don’t think (age) matters,” Regan told me before Wood’s debut. “I look at Don Sutton when I was with the Dodgers. He was 20 years old when he came up and he went on to win 300 games. If you can pitch, I don’t think it matters how old you are. Some guys aren’t going to pitch like him when they’re 30 … or ever.”
Twenty-one years later, Regan inherits a talented Mets staff that includes deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, hoping to prove once again that age doesn’t matter.

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Regan can probably outplay half the team.



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Maybe he can teach DeGrom a spitball.



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Amazing, Mets.

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