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Mets Hire Ojeda As Coach

January 24, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Bobby Ojeda, who helped the Mets win the 1986 World Series, was hired Wednesday as pitching coach of New York’s new Class-A farm team in Brooklyn.

Ojeda, 18-5 with a 2.57 ERA in 1986, joins a staff that already includes former teammate Howard Johnson, the Cyclones’ batting coach.

``We are making a conscious effort to bring back into our organization players who’ve had a history with us,″ said Jim Duquette, a Mets senior assistant general manager. ``We met with Bobby a couple of weeks ago and he expressed an interest in getting back into uniform.″

Ojeda, 43, went 115-98 with the Mets, Boston, Los Angeles, Cleveland and the New York Yankees.

``I’ve really been away from the game since 1994,″ Ojeda said. ``I got excited when I heard about the Brooklyn team and got even more excited when I heard that Howard was going to be a coach.

``I can’t wait to get back into uniform. I feel I have a lot to offer youngsters. I never had the blazing fastball, but I managed to get by for a long time so, hopefully, I can impart some of what I have learned through the years.″

Ojeda resumed his career after accidentally severing a finger of his pitching hand with an electric hedge clipper in 1988. Doctors reattached the finger.

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