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Mets interviewed Pat Roessler, former Yankees farm director, for assistant hitting coach position

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Earlier in the offseason, the Mets hired former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long.

Alex Rodriguez talks to Pat Roessler.
Alex Rodriguez talks to Pat Roessler.
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While the Mets hired former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long as their new hitting coach earlier this offseason, the team has not yet filled the position of assistant hitting coach. David Waldstein of the Times reports that the Mets have interviewed Pat Roessler, former farm director for the Yankees who they recently let go.

Roessler has had a long career coaching professionally, dating back to his time as a minor league hitting instructor for the White Sox in the late 1980s. From there, he worked in the Expos and Pirates systems, spent a year as the major league hitting coach for the Expos, and moved on to the Astros and Yankees systems.

Assistant hitting coaches have not always been a thing in Major League Baseball, though they have increased in popularity over the past few years. The Mets hired Luis Natera as their assistant hitting coach before the 2014 season but let him go after the season ended.