With the Mets hiring Jeremy Hefner to be their pitching coach, the brief tenure of Phil Regan as interim pitching coach will officially come to an end. But it doesn't look like the end of Regan's time with the Mets.
The "early indication" is that Regan will remain in the organization and again have a minor league role, while also assisting in Spring Training, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.
The 82-year-old Regan, who took over for the fired Dave Eiland during the 2019 season and held the pitching coach job through the end of the season, has been serving as a pitching coach this offseason for Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic.
Regan, known as 'The Vulture,' has been working for the Mets since 2009, when he was hired as the pitching coach for High-A St. Lucie -- a job he held until 2015.
During his time with the Mets in 2019, Regan had a big impact, including when it came to attempting to fix Edwin Diaz, when Regan tried to get him on a "straighter line" to the plate.
"Pitching is all about the little things," Regan said on June 21. "It's never a major adjustment. Maybe you're not turning your shoulder enough, maybe you're hitting on your heel, maybe you're overstriding. It's a lot of little things. Once you get your fundamentals down, you really don't have to worry about where you throw the ball because you could say 'I'm going to throw a slider down and away' and if your mechanics are good, the ball will go there automatically. ... But if you do one little thing wrong, you begin to struggle on the mound and have problems."
In 2016, Regan became the Mets' minor league assistant pitching coordinator and served in that capacity until he became interim pitching coach in the majors in 2019.
Regan, who pitched in the majors from 1960-1972, began his coaching career in 1984 with the Mariners and has also coached for the Indians and Cubs in addition to his time with the Mets.
He managed the Orioles in 1995, guiding them to a record of 71-73.