Mets Hearth Hitting Coaches Chili Davis, Tom Slater
The Mets have fired hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater, Tim Britton of The Athletic was amongst these to report. Minor league hitting coordinator Hugh Quattlebaum will take over for Davis, and farm director Kevin Howard will succeed Slater.
New York made this choice within the wake of a 6-5 loss to St. Louis that dropped the group to a disappointing 11-12. A mediocre offensive efficiency has performed a task within the Mets’ sluggish begin, as their hitters at the moment rank 17th within the majors in wRC+ (96). Prized offseason pickup Francisco Lindor, whom the Mets acquired from the Indians after which signed to a 10-year, $341MM extension, has slumped over the Mets’ first 23 video games. Likewise, outfielder/first baseman Dominic Smith has fallen flat after a superb exhibiting in 2020, as has $40MM free-agent signing James McCann.
After all, it’s debatable how a lot blame Davis and Slater deserve for the above gamers’ struggles. It’s additionally value noting J.D. Davis (who went on the 10-day injured checklist Monday), Brandon Nimmo and Pete Alonso have all gotten off to nice begins. Regardless, the Mets are taking their teaching workers in one other path in hopes of breaking a four-year playoff drought.
In Davis, the Mets are saying goodbye to a former massive league slugger whom they employed earlier than 2019, when Mickey Callaway – not Luis Rojas – was their supervisor. Previous to that, Davis labored because the hitting coach for the Cubs, who relieved him of duties after the 2018 marketing campaign. Slater joined the Mets’ workers as their assistant hitting coach a 12 months sooner than Davis.