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Mets release Jose Valverde, fire hitting coach Dave Hudgens

May 26, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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It’s a busy afternoon in Queens, as the Mets have released reliever Jose Valverde and fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens.

Valverde never secured the closer gig in New York, but he was reasonably effective before an ugly outing today–or at least as effective as the Mets could have possibly expected him to be–with a 4.05 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. He gave up four runs today to inflate that ERA to 5.66.

Hudgens, meanwhile, takes the fall for an offense that currently ranks 14th among NL teams in OPS but is actually tied for fifth in runs per game with 3.92, just slightly below the league average of 3.95. Hitting coaches are notoriously tough to evaluate or analyze, but the Mets’ lineup isn’t exactly filled with high-upside bats.

This was his fourth season as the Mets’ hitting coach and in the previous three years the lineup ranked 11th, 12th, and 6th in runs scored among NL teams, so considering the lack of results he certainly got a lengthy leash. Minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson has been named as Hudgens’ replacement.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    The world needs scapegoats. This will have little or no effect on the Mets hitting woes. You can’t get blood from a stone.

    • joecsports - May 26, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      I have had the displeasure of attending six home games this year and have seen them lose five of them. They resemble a Triple A team with good starting pitching and four legitimate major leaguers in Wright, Lagaras, Granderson and Murphy. They charge New York prices for a very small market approach to assembling a team. Scott Rice is a lefty specialist who can’t get a lefty out, he should go too. This will be their sixth straight losing season and unless the team gets new ownership like the Dodgers did, they are doomed for failure. Usually, we give up in August and this year it is Memoral Day!

      • henryd3rd - May 27, 2014 at 5:34 AM

        So tell me how you really feel?

    • drewsylvania - May 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Valverde was never likely to stick for long. But, if he was a candidate to be released, why was he the closer at all?

      Some serious dysfunction going on in NY.

  2. xpensivewinos - May 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Yet Alderson and Collins remain employed…..

  3. proudlycanadian - May 26, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Isn’t it more appropriate to say that Valverde was also fired.

  4. bonerchamp - May 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Wake me when the Wilpons are fired.

    • drewsylvania - May 27, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      They should be forced to sell simply due to their willful participation in Madoff’s pyramid.

  5. gbrim - May 26, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Alderson should walk the plank just for his expectation of 90 wins this season. Delusional is the best spin to put on that judgement.

    • ptfu - May 27, 2014 at 7:13 AM

      Maybe Alderson was including spring training in that total. Though even that might not be enough.

  6. gbart22 - May 26, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Yawn. Everyone always blames the hitting coach yet they have very little effect. He didn’t build citi field into a hitters nightmare. Nothing will ever change offensively for the mets until citi field is altered.

    • flamethrower101 - May 26, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      nor did he assemble the rag-tag team of “major league” players.

    • drewsylvania - May 27, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      The hitters’ nightmare works against both teams playing there. Also, they play half their games away from Citi. What’s their excuse now?

  7. musketmaniac - May 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Vic Black

    • dondada10 - May 26, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      If you look at their numbers, Thorton should be called up instead.

  8. chill1184 - May 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM


  9. mavix27 - May 26, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Terry Collins has dementia…he should be fired. Bring up Wally and let him manage this team.

  10. giantboy99 - May 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Bring back Neil Allen

  11. mzim2756 - May 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    And alderson decided Latroy Hawkins wasn’t worth 2.5 mil

    • flamethrower101 - May 26, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Correction: he decided he didn’t want to spend 2.5 mil on Hawkins yet threw 60 million Granderson’s way.

      • bbk1000 - May 27, 2014 at 6:06 AM

        The current state of the Mets is so bad that people are griping because they didn’t sign a 41 year old reliever with a career ERA of 4.37…..more hits than innings pitched…..unreal..

  12. trbmb - May 27, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    Jeff ‘ What am I doing here’ Wilpon waiting in the wings to own the team for the next 25 years.

    Here’s an idea. Dump the Wilpons in favor of The Fortunate Son, Jimbo Dolan.

  13. mrznyc - May 27, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Look at the uniforms, the commercials, all the promos – The Wilpons focus is on Mr. Met and if you go to the ball park that’s exactly what you’re going to get. Beautiful sunny Memorial Day weekend and the stadium is empty – Fred and Jeff have to go.

  14. musketmaniac - May 27, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    nice job Vic Black

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