New York Mets News

Dave Magadan won’t be Yankees hitting coach, may wind up with A’s

By Danny Abriano
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October 20:

Dave Magadan, who the Mets are interested in for their vacant hitting coach position, has been told by the Yankees that he is out of the running for the hitting coach job in the Bronx.

However, Magadan may now be the frontrunner to land the hitting coach job with the Athletics.

Aside from Magadan, the Mets have been connected to Bobby Abreu, Edgardo Alfonzo, Valentino Pascucci, Kevin Long, and George Greer (who was recently hired by St. Louis) as they search for a new hitting coach.


October 14:

As they continue their search for a new hitting coach, the Mets have reached out to both Dave Magadan and Kevin Long about the position.

The Mets removed hitting coach Lamar Johnson and assistant hitting coach Luis Natera from their positions after the season.

Magadan, 52, is the current hitting coach for Texas, but is free to speak with other teams. He has also worked as a hitting coach with both San Diego and Boston. Magadan played for the Mets from 1986 to 1992. Over the course of his 16-year career, Magadan hit .288 with a .390 OBP.

Long, 47, was recently fired by the Yankees after serving as their hitting coach since 2007. Prior to becoming a coach, Long played in the minor leagues for eight seasons but never reached the majors.

Aside from Magadan and Long, the Mets are reportedly also considering recently retired Bobby Abreu, former Met Edgardo Alfonzo, and current minor league coaches George Greer and Valentino Pascucci for the position.

Thoughts:

It’s been noted repeatedly by players how little impact the hitting coach has on the grand scheme of things, but it definitely can’t hurt to have one who can relate to the players and assist them without inundating them with information.

The Mets are taking a patient approach in selecting their next hitting coach, and it’s unclear when a resolution might occur.

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