New York Mets News

Mets hitting coaches will not be returning in 2015

By Danny Abriano

What has been speculated for about a week has been confirmed: Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson and assistant hitting coach Luis Natera will not be returning in those roles for the 2015 season.

Johnson, who had been working in a minor league role for the team, took over for former hitting coach Dave Hudgens during the 2014 campaign.

The Mets are reportedly interested in Bobby Abreu (who may not be ready to take on the role) and Edgardo Alfonzo as potential replacements for Johnson.

Other names that have been mentioned include Triple-A hitting coach George Greer and Low-A Savannah hitting coach Valentino Pascucci.

In addition to the turnover at hitting coach, the Mets are expected to make another “non-major” change to the big league coaching staff.


The Mets’ offense struggled under both hitting coaches in 2014.

Some players said that Hudgens inundated them with information, which may have led in part to his removal.

After Johnson took over and spoke with the media during his first day, not much was heard from him.

As far as who succeeds Johnson and Natera as the hitting coach, it likely won’t matter much unless the team adds an offensive-0riented corner outfielder, gets a bounce-back year from Curtis Granderson, and a healthy year from David Wright.

An example of how unimportant the hitting coach can be? When the Mets fired their hitting coach during the 1999 season and Ricky Henderson was informed, Henderson had no idea who the departing hitting coach was.