There is nothing fallacious with slightly clubhouse humor, in fact, and Scott and the staff president, Sandy Alderson, had been lengthy evaluating Davis and Slater, whom they didn’t rent. But performing simply as the gamers had been hailing a faux hitting guru was one other palm-to-the-forehead little bit of Mets slapstick.
“You’d have to ask the players about Donnie,” Scott mentioned. “I guess the one thing I’ll comment on is, obviously we had a lot of hits the last couple of nights, scored some runs. I think that should highlight that this isn’t about recent results. This is about the process behind the scenes.”
If the Mets had been first within the N.L. in runs scored, as a substitute of final, it’s a protected guess they’d not have fired Davis and Slater. Then once more, if that they had been scoring extra runs, the method — no matter which means — would have most definitely been higher.
Alonso mentioned he cried at his locker Monday evening after listening to the information from a teammate, who received a smartphone alert from the M.L.B. app. By Tuesday afternoon, even after listening to twice from Scott, Alonso nonetheless didn’t perceive.
“Things just aren’t clear to me right now, and I don’t know what the exact explanation is,” Alonso mentioned. “I’m still trying to find that. I talked to Zack last night, I slept on it, and we had a meeting today — and it still isn’t clear to me. But I’m hoping that three, four months from now, the answer is there and it’s easy to see.”
The hitting coach job now falls to Hugh Quattlebaum with Kevin Howard as his assistant; Alonso pledged to work with them and emphasised his respect for each. Quattlebaum, 42, had been the director of minor league hitting growth, and Howard, 39, had been the director of participant growth. Both are youthful than the coaches they changed: Davis is 61, Slater 53.