After Monday’s loss, the Mets announced that they had fired the team’s hitting coach, Chili Davis, as well as the team’s assistant hitting coach, Tom Slater. The moves come with the Mets having scored just 76 runs over their first 23 games, which is the lowest figure in the majors. They have hit a major league-worst 18 home runs and Francisco Lindor, the team’s prized off-season acquisition, is hitting just .163.
Davis will be replaced by Hugh Quattlebaum, who was named the Mets’ minor league director of hitting development this off-season. Quattlebaum, 42, had spent the previous three seasons with Seattle. Kevin Howard, who had previously been the Mets’ director of player development, will be the team’s new assistant hitting coach.
The moves are effective immediately. BENJAMIN HOFFMAN