Mets Police Morning Laziness: The Mets hire a Quality Control because they like to overthink things now

SLACKISH REACTION:  Winter begins at 5:21pm Eastern on Friday December 21, but that is not stopping baseball from having its Very Late Fall Meetings.

The Very Late Fall Meetings are very very exciting times over at Formerly MetsBlog as they get to publish every rumor and every could be trade in the world, plus they probably are doing some TV shows where they sit on high stools in the lobby. I dunno because I didn’t get the press release.

At least there was some Actual News yesterday including….

Chili Davis is the Mets hitting coach.

The Mets also made up Quality Control Coach which really sounds like a team trying too hard…

Rojas, 37, will be in uniform and will serve as a conduit between the front office and coaching staff on all issues including game preparation, strategy and analytics.

What is that?  Give me an old guy who smokes two packs of cigarettes during the game who has seen it all and maybe scribbled a few notes.  Stop with this nonsense and just play baseball.  Get ready for all sorts of over-managing.   Seems like this is part of the con.

So Mickey Hodges has not only a bench coach, but another coach who focuses on prep and strategy.  What does Mickey do?

In better news, Sunday Night Baseball is going to start at 7!

And its our final goodbye to the Las Vegas 51s as they become the Las Vegas Aviators and become the A’s problem,.


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Mets name Hernandez a coach! Oh wait…Chuck Hernandez

My friends the Mets, who didn’t want me to know the Holiday Party existed, want you to know about their new coaches.



FLUSHING, N.Y., December 9, 2018 – The New York Mets announced today its remaining major league coaching staff by naming Chili Davis, the team’s hitting coach, Chuck Hernandez, the bullpen coach and Luis Rojas to the newly-created role of quality control coach.


“We are very excited with what we believe to be a well-rounded coaching staff with experience, extensive knowledge and strong instruction and assistance abilities,” Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. “Our players will benefit greatly throughout 2019.”


“Brodie and I spent a lot of time finding the right mix of coaches,” Mets Manager Mickey Callaway added. “We’re especially glad to add an additional coach to the staff keeping pace with the industry standard.”


Davis, 58, has been a major league hitting coach since 2012 for three separate teams. He was Oakland’s hitting coach from 2012-2014, Boston’s hitting coach from 2015-2017 and was the Cubs hitting coach in 2018.


Under Davis, the Cubs offense led the NL with a .258 batting average and ranked second with a .333 OBP. In his three seasons with the Red Sox, Boston led the majors in runs scored (2,411), was tied for first in on-base percentage (.334), ranked second in batting average (.268) and third in OPS (.762).


Davis played 19 years in the majors from 1981-1999 where he hit 350 homers and drove in 1,372 runs. He was a three-time All-Star (1984, 1986, 1994) and won three World Series championships. He was originally selected in the 11th-round of the 1977 draft by the Giants and became the first Jamaican-born player to reach the majors.


Hernandez, 58, spent the previous two years as Atlanta’s pitching coach. He was the Braves’ minor league pitching coordinator in 2016. Prior to joining the Braves, he was the pitching coach for Miami from 2013-2015 and was an assistant coach at the University of South Florida from 2011-2012.


Hernandez was the bullpen coach for the Cleveland Indians in 2009 and from 2006-2008, he served as the pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers. He worked as a coach in the Rays’ minor league system from 1997-2003 and was the major league pitching coach for Tampa Bay in 2004 and 2005. He spent 11 seasons (1986-1996) as a major and minor league coach with the California Angels. Hernandez joined the Angels major league staff in 1992 and was named the pitching coach in 1992 at age 31 where he remained through 1996.


Hernandez was selected in the first round of the 1979 draft by the Yankees out of Hillsborough Community College (FL) as a left-handed pitcher. He reached Double-A before beginning his coaching career in 1985 with the Gulf Coast League White Sox.


Rojas, 37, will be in uniform and will serve as a conduit between the front office and coaching staff on all issues including game preparation, strategy and analytics.


Rojas had managed Binghamton, the Mets Double-A affiliate, the last two years and has managed in the Mets minor league system since 2011, compiling a .537 (550-474) winning percentage. This will mark his 14thyear in the organization. He guided Savannah to the South Atlantic League championship in 2013 and was named the South Atlantic League Manager of the Year in 2014. He led the Leones del Escogido to the Dominican Winter League title in 2015-2016.


Rojas played in the Orioles, Marlins and Expos/Nationals minor league systems from 1999-2005.


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Report: Sunday Night Baseball to start at 7pm in 2019!!!!

By 7pm I mean 7:0something, you know what I mean.  But WHOA EARLIER START TIME!!!  How will baseball fans on the West Coast survive?

Sarcasm aside, this is majorly awesome.  Baseball starting to wake the hell up.  Good job baseball!

The AP has the details and says the announcement will come out on Monday. Wooooo.

Now I’m still not going to watch as baseball is very boring, but this is a step in the right direction.

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Mets Police Morning Laziness: Winter Meetings Is Coming

SLACKISH REACTION:  While you guys sleep in every Sunday, I of course am out the door super early driving to far-away soccer. Enjoy writing could articles or signing former clients or whatever it is you guys do with your time.

As the Winter Meetings begin, be ready for a week of way too many speculation articles.  My haters will be out in force.

Another quiet morning, before the storm.

Congratulations to Atlanta on winning MLS.  That’s a really nice success story down there.  Wait until Manfred realizes the soccer team is more popular than the Braves…..which reminds me….I was at Youth Basketball Opening Day yesterday.   In a town where teams beg any able bodied kid to help fill out the baseball rosters, the gym was overflowing with basketball players.  Pay attention commish, the bill is coming due.

I played lots of video games (mostly Fifa) and watched Creed (one).  Creed is so fantastic and what a great performance by Stallone.

Enjoy your Sunday, I’ll be in the car.

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