By Mike Steffanos
Wow. The struggling Mets offense will be under new leadership tomorrow.
According to Newsday:
The Mets will begin the season's second half with a dramatic change in their coaching staff, Newsday has learned. Rick Down is out as hitting coach, and Rickey Henderson is in.
Down said that Willie Randolph informed him Wednesday night of the decision, and that he would be replaced by Henderson. A person familiar with the situation confirmed that Henderson, the future Hall of Famer who has never served as a coach, would take over as hitting coach.
When asked whether Randolph offered an explanation, Down replied: "Not really. Approach, I guess."
The Mets have a 48-39 record and two-game lead over Atlanta in the National League East, own a .332 on-base percentage, fifth in the NL, and a .419 slugging percentage, ranking them seventh in the league.
Henderson knew how to work a walk, and if he could get the Mets to start taking a few more free passes that would be a step in the right direction. What I'm looking forward to most, however, is all the interviews where players refer to themselves in the third person.