The New York Mets have hired Chili Davis as their new hitting instructor in addition to other Mickey Callaway staff hires.
It’s officially time to add a little chili to the New York Mets bland diet.
Once you get past that horrid, silly, ridiculous pun only written out by means of extra attention, you’ll learn that it does somewhat make sense.
The Mets have hired Chili Davis as their new hitting instructor.
On Sunday, the organization hired three individuals to complete Mickey Callaway’s staff for the 2019 MLB season. Davis leads the crew by way of notoriety.
Davis, 58, can only be described as a professional hitter. For 19 seasons, the Jamaica native clubbed 350 home runs to go along with 1,372 runs batted in and a hearty .274 average. He was named to three All-Star teams over those nine seasons with five big-league clubs (San Francisco Giants, California Angels, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, and New York Yankees).
He first started coaching for the Austrailian National Baseball team prior to making his MLB coaching debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010 in the instructional league.
After stints with the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics, he found himself as the Chicago Cubs hitting coach in October 2017. Earlier this offseason, the Cubs relieved him of his duties, noting that he was unable to connect with today’s millennial player.
Perhaps most intriguing is his connection with Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. They connected while the two were both in Oakland.
This is New York’s third batting instructor in as many years. Kevin Long manned down the duty in 2016 prior to Pat Roessler was hired last year and fired last month.
Chuck Hernandez assumes the Mets role of bullpen coach and Luis Rojas rounds out the staff as quality control coach, a brand-spanking new role on Mickey Callaway’s staff.