MLBbro Jemile Weeks Hired As New York Mets Roving Instructor | Can He Help Bring The Stolen Base Back To Flushing?
As pitchers and catchers prepare to report to Spring Training in less than seven days, teams are also putting the final touches on their coaching staff for the 2023 season. On Monday, the New York Mets helped add a little more diversity to the game, hiring former Big Leaguer Jemile Weeks as their Roving Instructor for Infield and Baserunning for the 2023 season.
Jemile, who was elite at both skills, let the baseball world know about the move via his personal Instagram account. “Thankful and grateful!! I will be your Roving Instructor for Infield and Baserunning all 2023!! Proud to bring the wisdom and knowledge of this game to the HIGHEST levels once again. Mets get ready for another wild run, CHAMPIONSHIP MINDSET.
Jemile Weeks Is Elite Baserunner
Now if the last name looks familiar, that’s because it should be. Jemile is the younger brother of fellow former MLBbro Rickie Weeks. Now his older brother’s name has always had more star power, but Jemile was able to carve out a six-year career in the Big Leagues himself.
Jemile hit over .350 in two of his three seasons at the University of Miami before being taken 12th overall in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft. His six-year career in the majors included three years in Oakland, two years in Boston and two brief stops in San Diego and Baltimore.
5'9", 170 LB
Drafted as a 2B by the Oakland Athletics in the 1st round💯of the 2008 MLB Draft from University of Miami. Signed for $1.9 Million💰. Played 2B w/ A's, OrIoles, Red Sox, & Padres from 2011-2016.
Oakland 2011: BA.303, H 123, 2B 26, SB 22💨. pic.twitter.com/DbMtSJcsqP
— LOS ANGELES BLACK BASEBALL MUSEUM -#LABBM (@LA_BLACKBALL) December 22, 2021
What Is A Rover Assistant?
Now some may be wondering what exactly a rover assistant does. Per Weeks’ LinkedIn account, Jemile will travel to all Mets affiliates and develop top talent. This is going to be an important role with the Mets, who finished last season with four of their top-ranking prospects being infielders.
The Mets may have missed out on Platinum Glove winner Carlos Correa and lost their dominant but often injured ace Jacob deGrom, but they still have World Series aspirations over in Queens. We know ultimately players win and lose games, but a quality coaching staff is critical to success. Adding a forming big leaguer like Weeks will only strengthen the Mets as they gear up for what should be arguably the toughest division in baseball.
Weeks knows how to work with young talent. He contributes his experience and energy to helping develop the next generation of MLBbros through various developmental programs MLB offers for inner-city and minority talent such as the Hank Aaron invitational and Breakthrough Series.
Todays MLB 2021 Season Rewind features @tellyhughes Talking With MLBbro Jemile Weeks who is Still Grinding For The Culture. Catch the full conversation on our youtube channel https://t.co/HZ7HcIMMyi and check out https://t.co/DG3CFNUEBb for more great content! pic.twitter.com/DCl3OH63p3
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) December 30, 2021
Rickie Weeks Inducted Into National College Baseball Hall of Fame
This has been a big month for the Weeks brothers, as last Friday in Omaha, Nebraska big bro Rickie was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. Rickie is one of the most decorated HBCU baseball players of all-time, leading the nation in 2002 and 2003 en route to back-to-back consensus All-American selections before being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers.