At the very end of the all-star break, the Mets made some changes in their staff.
The Mets fired hitting coach Rick Down, after the Mets entered the 2nd half 21st in runs scored and 22nd in Runs Batted In. The Mets haven’t been able to score enough runs for this good of an offense.
Yesterday, when asked about it, Willie Randolph certainly didn’t seem happy losing his hitting coach, saying that it was an organizational decision, not his. Rick Down was chose by Willie Randolph to be the Mets hitting coach after Willie Randolph coached with him during his time with the Yankees.
The Mets hired a new coach, Rickey Henderson, who will be reporting to Shea Stadium for today’s 7 pm game against the Reds.
The Mets also shook up their roster. They designated veteran Julio Franco for assignment and signed former-Met IF/OF utility man Marlon Anderson, who will report to AAA New Orleans. This means the Mets have 10 days to trade him, place him on waivers, or release him. There is not much doubt that they will release him.
Julio Franco said that he was going to ask for his release anyway, but the Mets beat him to it. He said that he will try to find a different team to play with, trying to acheive his goal of playing until 50 years old, and if no teams want him, he’ll retire. Franco, who only had 10 hits in 50 at-bats this season, (.200) all for singles, except one home run. This season his numbers have gone way down, and it just seems that he is getting a bit old to be turning around on a 95-mph fastball, especially with the crazy stance that he has.