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Mets fire hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant Tom Slater

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The scuffling New York Mets fired, hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater on Monday night. The moves were made following a 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals that dropped the Mets to 11-12. New York had poorly struggled with runners in scoring position early this season, a trouble spot last year when the famous Davis worked remotely because of coronavirus concerns. Several accomplished hitters are off to slow starts, including $341 million newcomer Francisco Lindor, who is hitless in his last 25 plate appearances and batting .163 overall.

The team has lacked power at the plate, a big surprise for a lineup that includes Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, and Dominic Smith. Minor-league hitting coordinator Hugh Quattlebaum and farm director Kevin Howard will join the central league coaching staff to replace Davis and Slater. “It was a difficult decision to make,” acting general manager Zack Scott said. “It’s not about 23 games of results.

“We just felt like the players needed a different level of support and maybe some different skills brought into the mix,” Scott said it was a baseball operation decision. Team president Sandy Alderson was in agreement. “This isn’t about recent results. This is about the process behind the scenes,” Scott said. “It’s too early to be overreacting to small samples of results.”

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