ST. LOUIS – The Mets’ offensive woes in the first month plus the season led to a pair of coaching casualties on Monday night.
After the Mets lost 6-5 to the Cardinals at Bush Stadium, the team announced that hitting coach Chile Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater had been fired.
Hugh Quattlebaum was selected as the new hitting coach, and Kevin Howard was his assistant.
Davis, 60, was respected at the club, but acting general manager Zack Scott cited the process and preparation as the reason for the change.
Quattlebaum, 42, joined the organization this season as director of the Secondary Development Championship. He had spent the previous three seasons with the Sailors. Howard, 39, joined the Mets this season as director of the player development organization.
“It was a really difficult decision to make, but the reason we felt right was based on a vision of what we wanted to be our Premier League strike program,”
Scott, who arrived as a GM assistant in December – he was promoted following the dismissal of Jared Porter the following month for sexually harassing a reporter during his term with the cubes – said he had spent the last few months evaluating the process to prepare the players.
Davis and Scott previously worked with the Red Sox.
“Our job is to support the players and put them in a position to succeed as a baseball team, and we just felt that the players needed a different level of support and maybe some different skills brought into the combination,” Scott said.
Davis, a former athletics coach, the Red Sox and Cubs, was hired before the 2019 season. Last season, he worked remotely from his home in Arizona due to health problems during the pandemic.
Slater has served as assistant kickboxing coach for the past four seasons.
“With any such important decision, we need to weigh the risks and benefits of change,” Scott said. “I am confident that the people we lead here for these roles will also build strong relationships. They may have few ways to walk compared to the time spent with Chili and Slate, but I’m sure those connections will be there. “
An indication in recent days may be the Mets players, who are crediting fictitious coach Donnie Stevenson for the team’s improved violation during a series of weekends in Philadelphia.
Francisco Lindor’s difficulties on the plate – he has been unbeaten in his last 22 fights and his slash fell to .163 / .284 / .209 on Monday – certainly did not help Davis and Slater’s cause. The Mets are 29th in the MLB with 3.23 tracks per game.
Scott said he consulted with team president Sandy Alderson before the changes took place. Manager Luis Rojas was also consulted.
“Chile is a confident person and knows his stuff and what he does,” Scott said. “Like everyone else, he has certain areas in which he is really strong and certain areas that are not necessarily his helmsman in terms of his experience. Somehow I knew what I perceived as his strengths and weaknesses. “