There are multiple employees under Steve Cohen who could be made to walk the green mile this winter. Among all of those public figures receiving a paycheck from the New York Mets, one of them stands to lose their job more than anybody else.
Manager Luis Rojas is certainly a candidate to get fired, but I don’t find it to be a guarantee. I feel similarly about Zack Scott. However, because of the craziness surrounding his job and no full winter to piece things together, I do believe he gets another shot.
There is another second-choice employee on the Mets staff in danger of getting fired. You know him well because when you first heard his name you swore he was from an old British sitcom. It’s Hugh Quattlebaum, the hitting coach we never knew we didn’t want.
Firing Hugh Quattlebaum is one of the offseason’s first actions Steve Cohen will take
A hitting coach can only do so much for a team. Responsibility does ultimately fall on the players to execute at the plate.
Even with this knowledge, hitting coaches are often the scapegoat for a team’s offensive woes. Chili Davis was fired in early May because the Mets couldn’t hit. Quattlebaum replaced him only for things to remain consistently poor throughout the year.
I have a hard time believing it’s all on Quattlebaum or even the organization’s “approach” at the plate. These are grown men who have hit baseballs better than just about everyone else in the world. They should know better than to follow along blindly and try to do things that don’t work.
A person in Quattlebaum’s position had only a small chance at keeping his job anyway. The Mets needed a quick answer once Davis was fired. Already with the organization, Quattlebaum was called into the principal’s office and told he was going to graduate early.
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The final weeks of the 2021 season could have some thinking differently about Quattlebaum’s job security, but if the Mets are out of the playoff race, these fat stats in garbage time won’t do much to save his or anyone else’s job.