Showing posts with label Dave Hudgens. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dave Hudgens. Show all posts

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mets News: Hitting Coach Dave Hudgens Fired, Mets Let Go Jose Valverde

Mets News:

The Mets made a pair of dismissals Monday, firing hitting coach Dave Hudgens and releasing reliever Jose Valverde, after a 5-3 defeat against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Memorial Day.

Hudgens, a longtime colleague of general manager Sandy Alderson, was in his fourth season as hitting coach. He will be replaced by Lamar Johnson, who had been the organization's minor league hitting coordinator for the past decade.

Johnson, 63, served as a major league hitting coach from 1995 through 2003 with the Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners. He had a nine-year career as a first baseman, primarily with the Chicago White Sox.

The Mets are 7-17 in May despite relatively solid starting pitching. The team is batting a collective .237 with a .310 on-base percentage this season. The Mets have failed to drive in a run in their last nine at-bats with the bases loaded. They grounded into five double plays in Game 1 of a doubleheader Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, matching the franchise record for a nine-inning game.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Murphy Playing, Wright Intercostal, Hudgens Managing, Send Three Down

Mets News and Notes:

Daniel Murphy, who is returning from a strained intercostal muscle on his right side, offered a positive review of his first minor league action. Murphy took batting practice before the game, but did not hit in-game. He did man second base for five innings and pinch-run for Shaun Marcum.

“It felt good,” Murphy said in Port St. Lucie. “It was good to get out there. I really appreciate the minor league guys, the coaching staff letting me come out there. It took a little while to get my legs underneath me, but I felt better at the end than I did at the beginning.

“We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and evaluate it."

New York Mets third baseman David Wright has been diagnosed with a moderate strain of the intercostal muscle on his left side, which has forced him to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic and potentially will land him on the disabled list to open the season.

General manager Sandy Alderson announced the diagnosis Friday afternoon, and manager Terry Collins latersaid he was sure Wright will be sidelined "two to three weeks."

Wright was examined earlier in the day by team doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

He indicated he had been bothered by the issue for a week, but he played through it for Team USA and only was scratched from Thursday's WBC game after batting practice once the Mets intervened.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Dave Hudgens new philosophy of hitting has fixed the New York Mets

From his seat in the Mets' dugout, Dave Hudgens charts every pitch thrown to Mets hitters. For each, the hitting coach records what kind of pitch it was, where it was thrown, what the count was and, most important of all, whether the hitter swung at it.

One swing at a bad pitch is forgivable. But when a pattern of chasing balls outside the strike zone emerges, Hudgens will pull the hitter aside and remind him of what has become the Mets' offensive mantra: "Keep them on the plate."

The catchphrase, heard often in the Mets' dugout, is indicative of the culture of plate discipline that has developed among their hitters this season.

In 2010, the Mets were a team of hackers, ranking among the worst teams in the N.L. in the percentage of pitches swung at outside the strike zone. But they have a new identity this season.

Entering Sunday, they had swung at only 29% of pitches outside the strike zone, the third lowest rate in the N.L. As a result, they led the league with 320 walks and ranked second with a .333 on-base percentage.

"The bottom line is getting a good ball to hit," Hudgens said. "A lot of players will push back: 'Oh, you're taking my aggressiveness away.' We're not taking your aggressiveness away. We want you to be a smart hitter."

Catcher Rod Barajas swung at 45% of pitches outside the strike zone, and outfielder Jeff Francoeur was only slightly better, at 43%. Both players were traded before Alderson was hired. Several current Mets said peer pressure has had the biggest influence.

"If you have eight guys swinging from jump street, then it's okay," left fielder Jason Bay said. "You kind of get that, 'Hey, it's fine. Everyone is doing it. That's how we do it.' But when you see all these guys just had great at-bats, you're like, 'Man, I'm not going to go up there and give it away.'"

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mookie Wilson is Back: New York Mets Finalize 2011 Coaching Staff

It took a few weeks for ownership to finally hire a GM, and even longer for the GM to hire a manager, so it only makes sense that there is an aura of suspense around who Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins will choose to close out their coaching staff.

In a conference call with bloggers last Friday, Alderson made it clear that new coaches had already been identified; he was just waiting for the right time to make the announcement.
And it appears that the time has come.

The Mets will hire Dave Hudgens to replace Howard Johnson as the hitting coach. Hudgens has previous ties with the Mets – drafted by the team in 1975 as there fifth overall pick, but did not sign – and he also has a prior relationship with manager Terry Collins.

It may seem odd that the Mets decided to go with a hitting coach who only has one hit in seven at bats during his major league career, but Hudgens was hired more for his baseball knowledge and discipline than his actual experience.

He has previously served as the Cleveland Indians minor league field coordinator, the same job Collins held last year with the Mets, and is currently managing Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League where he has Mets starting catcher Josh Thole on the roster.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Rubin: Mets expected to announce Huggins as Hitting Coach

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Dave Hudgens appears to be the clear-cut front runner for the Mets hitting coach position, with an announcement expected within days. Hudgens was one of three finalists.

The others: former Detroit Tigers first base coach Andy Van Slyke , Pirates hitting coach Don Long .

Hudgens manages Caracas in the Venezuelan winter league and has minor league field coordinator for the Cleveland Indians for the past five seasons.

He also has served as a minor league manager for the Oakland Athletics, which is a connection to the front office.

He actually was the fifth overall pick in the first round by the Mets in the now-defunct January draft in 1975 but did not sign.

Collins' staff also is expected to include Ken Oberkfell as bench coach, Dan Warthen as pitching coach, Chip Hale at third base and Jon Debus as bullpen coach. Collins recently labeled Mookie Wilson the likely first base coach.

By the way, Hudgens has a blog with hitting tips. You can check it out at

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Mets close out the field for hitting coaches

The Mets interviewed Dave Hudgens for the hitting coach position Tuesday afternoon at the Dolphin Hotel, closing out the field.

The other two candidates are former Detroit Tigers first base coach Andy Van Slyke and former Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach Don Long.

Hudgens manages Caracas in the Venezuelan winter league and is minor league field coordinator for the Cleveland Indians. He also has served as a minor league manager for the St. Louis Cardinals
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