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Mets' hitting coach Howard Johnson is probably going to get fired

Jul 26, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

When you come off a 2-9 road trip in which your team was shut out four times, there’s a decent chance your hitting coach is gonna be in deep trouble. That seems to be the case with the Mets, reports Adam Rubin. Omar Minaya seems poised to fire someone, and that someone is likely to be Howard Johnson.

I remain of the opinion that hitting coaches basically make little difference in the grand scheme of things. Indeed, I think they serve a larger purpose as fall guys than they do in actually helping a team hit the ball better. And Johnson appears to be a fall guy here. The firing designed to forestall Jerry Manuel’s, whose firing in turn will be designed to forestall Omar Minaya’s.

  1. BC - Jul 26, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Oh great. This will. Fix. Everything.
    How about just canning Manuel now? PLEASE? Then Minaya gets the hook at year end.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 26, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    This is no fun. I remember HoJo as the slugger with the uncanny knack for jacking one when the game was on the line back in the delirious 80s and apprentice dugout prankster to Roger McDowell. Now, all the jokes are in the front office.

  3. Craig Calcaterra - Jul 26, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Y’know, Nietzsche says: “Out of chaos comes order.”

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 26, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    I seem to remember someone on here talking about the reunion of the Three Choke-Sketeers, and how Beltran would come back and the Mutts would fold like cheap suits. Well, a 2-9 roadtrip where he didn’t even play in one of the two wins kinda proves my point, doesn’t it? Beltran + Reyes + Wright = Bye-Bye Mutts.

  5. Old Gator - Jul 26, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Aww, blow it out your modem, Craig.

  6. kyle s - Jul 26, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    so it was howard johnson who decided not use k-rod in any of those one-run ballgames? instead of making one guy that scapegoat they should can the whole staff. let alex cora and frenchy run the team, put those high baseball IQs to work.

  7. BC - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Nietzsche also said “A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.”
    Clearly Nietzsche was a Mets fan.

  8. BC - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Bring back Dallas Green! (Assuming he’s still alive…) The Mets need some footprints where the sun don’t shine!

  9. Braylon_the_Bearded - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    OMAR MINAYA NEEDS TO GET FIRED! he is the one and only reason that the Mets struggle so much, it isn’t the manager’s fault! MINAYA NEEDS TO GO! HIRE BOBBY V PLEASE!!!!

  10. Old Gator - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    He also said, “When thou goest in to woman, forget not thy whip.” How he was able to anticipate my first marriage by a hundred years or so I have no idea.

  11. browngoat - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    The same team with all the chemistry went 2-4 at home before the break and they managed to do that without Beltran. Beltran is not the problem. The team is in an offensive slump. Firing hitting coaches is a lame attempt to find a scapegoat – the roster has some issues (e.g. three catchers for how many weeks now?) and Jerry isn’t making the best decisions (e.g. not using K-Rod in tie ball games on the road, not pinch hitting for Davis v Kuo, the Proctoring of Fernando Nieve), but I think this team will be better offensively simply because they can’t be worse than they have been over the past two weeks

  12. Glenn - Jul 26, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Yup, that proves it. The return of one of the best center fielders in baseball destroyed the Mets.

  13. BC - Jul 26, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Another Nietzsche-ism: “Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent.”
    Gator – No chance your ex is related to my ex?

  14. Old Gator - Jul 26, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Boy, I don’t wanna go there. Ever see the film Serial? (If not, you owe it to your soul to see it.) Great moment during a casual conversation between two white collar yuppies on the Sausalito commuter ferry where they’re discussing their exes and realize that they both had the same one. It’s a cautionary moment and I’m finally old enough to know how to take such moments to heart.

  15. walk - Jul 26, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    The mets definetly need to make some management changes. The ones i have in mind however are farther up the line than hojo.

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