There may be nothing fallacious with a bit of clubhouse humor, after all, and Scott and the staff president, Sandy Alderson, had been lengthy evaluating Davis and Slater, whom they didn’t rent. However appearing simply because the gamers had been hailing a faux hitting guru was one other palm-to-the-forehead little bit of Mets slapstick.
“You’d must ask the gamers about Donnie,” Scott mentioned. “I suppose the one factor I’ll touch upon is, clearly we had loads of hits the final couple of nights, scored some runs. I believe that ought to spotlight that this isn’t about current outcomes. That is concerning the course of behind the scenes.”
If the Mets had been first within the N.L. in runs scored, as a substitute of final, it’s a secure guess they might not have fired Davis and Slater. Then once more, if they’d been scoring extra runs, the method — no matter which means — would have almost definitely been higher.
Alonso mentioned he cried at his locker Monday evening after listening to the information from a teammate, who acquired a smartphone alert from the M.L.B. app. By Tuesday afternoon, even after listening to twice from Scott, Alonso nonetheless didn’t perceive.
“Issues simply aren’t clear to me proper now, and I don’t know what the precise rationalization is,” Alonso mentioned. “I’m nonetheless looking for that. I talked to Zack final evening, I slept on it, and we had a gathering right now — and it nonetheless isn’t clear to me. However I’m hoping that three, 4 months from now, the reply is there and it’s simple to see.”
The hitting coach job now falls to Hugh Quattlebaum with Kevin Howard as his assistant; Alonso pledged to work with them and emphasised his respect for each. Quattlebaum, 42, had been the director of minor league hitting improvement, and Howard, 39, had been the director of participant improvement. Each are youthful than the coaches they changed: Davis is 61, Slater 53.