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Mets hire Dustin Clarke as strength and conditioning coach

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The 2015 season will be Clarke's fifth with the Mets organization.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Just how important is a strength and conditioning coach to a Major League Baseball team? Even the sharpest baseball minds aren't exactly sure, but let's hope that Dustin Clarke proves to be a valuable contributor to the Mets this season.

The team announced this evening that Clarke will be the major league strength and conditioning coach for the Mets in 2015. He's been with the organization since 2011, when he was in the same role for the Gulf Coast League Mets. Since then, Clarke worked for two years in Binghamton and one in Las Vegas before his most recent promotion.

Prior to his Mets career, Clarke worked with the football team at the University of Michigan.

With the fences set to move closer to home plate next season, the Mets will probably look stronger in the power department by default, but it will be up to Clarke to make sure that the players are in good shape throughout the campaign. The orange and blue might just be playing several more meaningful games than they did in 2014, so they'd better not run out of gas.