Mets fire hitting coach Dave Hudgens

The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

With the Mets topping only the Padres in team OPS in the National League rankings, management has seen enough.

With the Mets stuck in an offensive quagmire in the first two months of 2014, the team has fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens. Less than a month ago, Hudgens spoke openly about the Mets' offensive woes and urged steadiness and patience.

Despite Hudgens's persistence in applying his philosophy, the Mets' offense continued to struggle. On the season, the team is hitting just .237 with a .352 slugging percentage.The Mets rank fourteenth in the National League in home runs, third in strikeouts, twelfth in batting average, and fourteenth in OPS. After two months of futility, it looks like the organization wants to try new things. In fairness to Hudgens, the blame for the team's offensive struggles can't be placed entirely with him, as the organization has brought in a number of below average hitters in an attempt to compete on the cheap.

To replace Hudgens, the Mets are calling on Lamar Johnson, who has been with the organization since 2005, first as a roving hitting instructor and most recently as minor league hitting coordinator.

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