ST. LOUIS – The anemic New York Mets fired hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater Monday night.
The moves came after a 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals that left the Mets 11-12.
New York has had a lot of trouble with running backs in scoring position earlier this season, a trouble spot last year also when the popular Davis worked remotely due to coronavirus concerns.
Several accomplished hitters have gotten off to slow starts, including $ 341 million newcomer Francisco Lindor, who is hitless in his last 25 plate appearances and is hitting .163 overall. The team has also lacked power at the plate, a big surprise for a lineup that includes Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith.
Minor league hitting coordinator Hugh Quattlebaum and branch manager Kevin Howard will join the major league coaching staff to replace Davis and Slater, respectively.
“It was a tough decision to make,” said interim general manager Zack Scott. “It’s not about 23-game results.
“We just felt that the players needed a different level of support and maybe a few different skills incorporated into the mix.”
Scott said it was a baseball operations decision and team president Sandy Alderson agreed.
“It’s not about recent results. It’s about the behind-the-scenes process,” Scott said. “It is too early to overreact to small samples of results.”