When the 2014 season kicks off, the New York Mets will have a new radio home with WOR, 710 AM. The Mets announced early on that play by play man Howie Rose will move to WOR and continue in his current role, but there was a lot of speculation about what would happen to the other two men involved with WFAN's radio broadcasts. Josh Lewin, Rose's partner in the booth, and Ed Coleman, who hosted the pre and post game shows as well as serving as the fill in when Rose or Lewin missed games, have both been quiet about their futures with the team. Coleman's future appears to have been settled, as Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News reports that Coleman will not move to WOR with the Mets next season.
Coleman will not leave WFAN, but that doesn't mean he is done covering the Mets. Coleman will continue on in his role as the team's beat reporter for WFAN, but he will not be involved with the production of the team's game coverage on the radio. Coleman likely did not want to give up a long time gig at WFAN, but Raissman's report also indicates that the Mets didn't go to bat with WOR with a strong pitch to keep Coleman or Lewin. Coleman's choice to remain at WFAN will mean that the Mets will have a new pre and post game host for the first time since the 1990's.
As far as Lewin is concerned, his status is still relatively unknown at this point. The Mets didn't go to the mat with their endorsement of Lewin, leading Raissman to speculate that Lewin will return with only a short term commitment. The Mets have considered changing the tone of their broadcasts with the move to WOR, as Mike Puma of the New York Post reports the Mets and WOR plan to reach out to former Met Cliff Floyd to guage his interest in a role with the radio broadcast. Floyd has made a successful transition to broadcasting following his playing career, currently serving as an analyst with the MLB Network. If Floyd does decide to jump to the Mets' coverage, it could be in place of Lewin. The Mets will likely finalize their radio team in the next several weeks.
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