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New York Mets fire hitting coach, cut Jose Valverde
New York Mets fire hitting coach, cut Jose Valverde

The New York Mets fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens and cut reliever Jose Valverde after a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. Minor league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson will take over for Hudgens. The 57-year-old Hudgens was in his fourth season as the Mets' hitting coach. The Mets began the day with a .237 batting average, ranking among the worst in the majors. New York has lost nine of its last 12 games and scored a total of only 32 runs in that span. The Mets have tried to implement a plan of patience at the plate in the majors and minors, but the results have not shown. "When you struggle the way we've struggled offensively, a finger, obviously, gets pointed. A...

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