Peterson only Mets coach to survive shake-up

Rick Peterson emerged from the Mets' coaching staff firings as the lone survivor, as GM Omar Minaya disassembled what remained of Art Howe's stable. <P> The moves, announced Wednesday, were certainly no surprise – except perhaps that it had taken so long to execute them. Many had expected an announcement on Oct. 4, the day after the Mets ended the regular season.

In what technically goes down as Minaya's first official moves as general manager of the Mets, infield coach Matt Galante and outfield coach Gary Pettis were dismissed, while Don Baylor was removed from the role of the team's hitting coach.

Baylor is still said to be under consideration for the Mets' managerial vacancy, although he's already interviewed with the Philadelphia Phillies and isn't thought to be interested in the Mets job.

Beginning in 2002, Galante spent three years as the Mets' third base and infield coach, following 21 years in the Houston Astros organization.

The Mets had planned to move Galante, who was the last surviving member of a Bobby Valentine coaching staff, to the dugout during games this season. However, Galante would up returning to the field during the spring training exhibition season.

Pettis served as a coach for both years that Howe managed the team. He had a friendly relationship with several outfielders, and considered baserunning instruction as part of his duties.

Bench coach Bobby Floyd and bullpen coach Nelson Silverio will be re-assigned within the organization in the shuffle, while it was also announced that head trainer Scott Lawrenson will not return for the 2005 season.

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