Mets Fire Hitting Coach Hudgens After Loss; Cut Valverde

Posted: May 27, 2014 in sports

CBS Detroit

HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets general manager Sandy Alderson had to hear the booing at Citi Field throughout a miserable homestand.

He took steps to begin fixing the problems Monday after a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, firing hitting coach Dave Hudgens and cutting reliever Jose Valverde.

“This is a very difficult decision to make. I’ve known Dave for many years, decades,” Alderson said. “Our situational hitting is not where we want it to be.”

Minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson will take over for Hudgens. The 63-year-old Johnson has been in this role with the Mets for 10 of his 11 years in the organization and is responsible for helping teach the organization’s hitting philosophy throughout the minors.

The Mets have tried to implement a plan of patience at the plate but the results have not shown.

“Our hitting approach will not change…

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