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Pirates Bench Coach Don Kelly Withdraws Name as Candidate for Mets Manager Opening

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It was reported over the weekend that Pirates’ bench coach Don Kelly was a candidate under consideration by the Mets for their manger vacancy. However, on Wednesday night, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Kelly withdrew his name from consideration, citing personal reasons.

Kelly was named Pittsburgh’s bench coach by manager Derek Shelton after Shelton was named Pirates’ manager prior to the start of the 2020 season. A native of Pittsburgh, Kelly previously worked in the Detroit Tigers’ front office before he served as the Houston Astros first base coach for two seasons. The 41-year-old spent nine years in the big leagues, making stops in Detroit, Pittsburgh and Miami.

The Bucs’ bench coach has been tabbed by many as a future manager, but for now Kelly will remain on staff as Shelton’s right hand man for what will be his third season in the position. In addition to his bench coach duties, Kelly will also play a larger role in coaching the infielders for the Pirates moving forward.

It is unclear if Kelly interviewed for the position or withdrew his name from consideration prior to meeting with the Mets’ brass. While this managerial position wasn’t the right fit for Kelly, it certainly won’t be the last time we hear his name linked to manager vacancies moving forward.

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