Showing posts with label Howard Johnson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Howard Johnson. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mets Morning Tidbits: Quintanilla, Duda, Bay, Hojo

Mets Morning Tidbits:

Omar Quintanilla was designated for assignment before the game to clear Bay's roster spot. Quintanilla must clear waivers in order to be sent to the minors. The Mets carried him this long on the major league roster while he went largely unused because they fear losing Quintanilla via the waiver process.

Lucas Duda expects to return to the starting lineup Wednesday for the first time since the second-half opener. Duda received a cortisone shot in his strained left hamstring in New York during Monday's off-day.

With Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda likely starting at two outfield positions now that Duda has received a cortisone shot in his left hamstring, Collins logically could relegate Bay to platoon player and wait until Thursday's matchup with southpaw Gio Gonzalez to start him again. Valdespin or Andres Torres could fill the third outfield spot Wednesday.

Even former hitting coach Howard Johnson, watching elsewhere on TV, tweeted: "With one swing Valdespin might have just saved the Mets season and signaled the end of Jason Bay in NY." 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Audio: Howard Johnson talks with Richard Neer on WFAN

Former Mets slugger and hitting coach, HoJo, talks with Richard about Davey Johnson, Sparky Anderson and the current Mets situation.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Manager, New Roles for Hojo and Niemann

According to ESPN NY,  Sandy Alderson confirmed that hitting coach Howard Johnson would not remain on the major league staff, but would continue to have a role in the organization. The only major league staff holdovers will be pitching coach Dan Warthen and third base coach Chip Hale.

Terry Collins acknowledged interest in Larry Bowa, but clearly indicated he would not be the bench coach. Collins joked that he needed a Type B bench coach to balance out his personality. That could bode well for even-keeled Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell.

Collins pledged to have diversity on his staff as well as balance promoting staff from the minors and hiring from outside.

"I've got a lot of names," Collins said. "Sandy and I already have talked this morning briefly. No. 1, certainly I'm going to bring in somebody with a different personality than me as the bench coach. We don't need two of us on that bench like this. So we're going to change that."

On Bowa, Collins said: "I talked to Larry. He's a great friend. And I'm going to call Larry about some things. But I wanted Chip to be back. I know he did a great job. I'm going to bring somebody up from the minor leagues. I want to bring in some other people. I want to have a diverse staff. I think it's important to have that. ... We can't stop teaching. So I've got to have some guys who can work. This is a work-in-progress. I want coaches who have the ability to work and can get this done."

Asked if former bench coach Dave Jauss would assume Collins' role as minor league field coordinator, Alderson said: "That's something we haven't finalized."

Alderson said the next hitting coach could come from inside or outside organization, but "I'd like to spend some time in trying to get the right fit."
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