The Mets officially announced today that Tom Goodwin will be the replacement for Mookie Wilson as the 2012 first base coach.
Goodwin was quite a speedster in his playing days. In 14 seasons, his last one being in 2004, he stole a total of 369 bases, including six straight seasons of 35 or more steals. He played 1288 games in his major league career with the Dodgers, Royals, Rangers, Rockies, Giants, and the Cubs. Goodwin spent two years managing in the New York Penn League and Continental Baseball League before moving to the Red Sox organization for four years, three of which he spent as the Minor League Outfield and Base Running Coordinator.
I don’t know anything about Goodwin’s coaching style, but if you look at his career statistics, he was a very aggressive baserunner. I’ve felt that over the past few seasons, the Mets haven’t been stealing as much as they should. They seem to have a few pieces in place that have the potential to steal 20 or so bases (David Wright, Ruben Tejada, Angel Pagan, etc.) but could never get it done. Hopefully, Goodwin can bring his aggressiveness to the table.