Well, no, not exactly. Not yet, at least. After firing Pat Roessler as the Mets hitting coach and shifting Gary DiSarcina over to third base coach, Andy Martino of SNY is reporting that the Mets will be conducting interviews for the bench coach position in the following weeks.
Coaches being considered for the bench job are Pete Mackanin and Jim Riggleman, former manager of the Washington Nationals. Riggleman was fired in the middle of the season for requesting a contract extension.
However with no hitting coach, according to sources within the league, the Mets will be taking a close look at Chili Davis who was recently let go by the Chicago Cubs.
Davis has always been a well respected player in his day and turned out to become a pretty phenomenal hitting coach and mentor to his players and students. Since retiring as a player, Davis has been the hitting coach for the Oakland A’s, Boston Redsox, as well as the Chicago Cubs.
Hopefully the organization will come to a decision by Thanksgiving in order for the new coach or coaches to evaluate the players they will be working with. It’s never too early to be mentally prepared for the upcoming season.