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Mets round out Mickey Callaway’s staff ahead of MLB Winter Meetings

December 9, 2018

LAS VEGAS – Brodie Van Wagenen is keeping busy.

The Mets made it official Sunday, announcing former Yankee Chili Davis as their new hitting coach, as expected.

They also named Chuck Hernandez the bullpen coach and appointed Luis Rojas to a newly-created role of quality control coach.

The series of hires finalizes Mickey Callaway’s staff for next season, one that also includes recently-hired bench coach Jim Riggleman. Gary DiSarcina was moved from the bench to third base.

Rojas, 37, will be in uniform and serve as a conduit between the front office and coaching staff on all issues including game preparation, strategy and analytics.

Rojas had managed Binghamton, the Mets’ Double-A affiliate, the last two years and has managed in the Mets minor league system since 2011.

Davis replaces Pat Roessler, who was Kevin Long’s assistant for three seasons before being blindsided by his firing in November. Hernandez replaces long-time bullpen coach Ricky Bones.

Mickey Callaway. (Justin Berl / Getty Images)

“We are very excited with what we believe to be a well-rounded coaching staff with experience, extensive knowledge and strong instruction and assistance abilities,” general manager Van Wagenen said. “Our players will benefit greatly throughout 2019.”

Davis, 53, was let go by the Cubs after just one season in which the Cubs offense led the NL with a .258 batting average and ranked second with a .333 OBP.

“I guess I need to make some adjustments in the way I deliver my message to the millennial players now,” Davis told the Chicago Sun-Times after his firing.

It was the third tenure as hitting coach for Davis, who won two World Series rings with the Yankees from 1998-99.

Davis also spent three seasons with the Red Sox from 2015-17, in which Boston led the majors in runs scored (2,411), was tied for first in on-base percentage (.334), ranked second in batting average (.268) and third in OPS. He was the A’s hitting coach from 2012-2014.

Chili Davis with the Yankees in the late 1999.
Chili Davis with the Yankees in the late 1999. (JOHN DUNN / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

“Brodie and I spent a lot of time finding the right mix of coaches,” Callaway said. “We’re especially glad to add an additional coach to the staff keeping pace with the industry standard.”

Davis played 19 years in the majors from 1981-1999 and hit 350 homers while driving in 1,372 runs. He was a three-time All-Star (1984, 1986, 1994) and won three World Series championships. He was originally selected in the 11th-round of the 1977 draft by the Giants and became the first Jamaican-born player to reach the majors.

Hernandez, 58, spent the previous two years as Atlanta’s pitching coach. He was the Braves’ minor league pitching coordinator in 2016. Prior to joining the Braves, he served as the pitching coach for the Marlins from 2013-2015 and was an assistant coach at the University of South Florida from 2011-2012.

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