Late on Monday night, the New York Mets decided that hitting coach Chili Davis and his assistant Tom Slater would no longer be part of the team. Despite the teamâ€™s obvious offensive struggles to open the 2021 season, it was a surprise to see them let go. After all, the Metsâ€™ offense was competent in 2019 and among the best in 2020 under Davis.
And the players like and respect him. He has often been credited for JD Davisâ€™ breakout season in 2019 and has a good relationship with most of the Metsâ€™ offensive stars, including Pete Alonso.
According to Savannah McCann of MLB.com, when Alonso found out about the Metsâ€™ decision regarding Davis, he went to his locker and started crying. Befuddled, the Polar Bear went to talk with acting general manager Zack Scott.
â€œOur team has broken records, we’ve done a lot of great things,â€ said Alonso, who said he didnâ€™t expect Davisâ€™ dismissal and that the â€˜appearanceâ€™ of fictional approach coach â€˜Donnieâ€™ Stevenson was by no means a shot at him. â€œIt’s confusing for me, and listen, I respect everybody who made that decision. But to me, it just doesn’t make sense right now. I know that the people who are in charge in the office, they want to win, everybody wants to win. I guess from a results standpoint, from two, two and a half years, the results have been there. And to me, it still doesn’t make sense.â€
The Metsâ€™ first baseman is sad and upset to see Davis go
Alonso considered Davis and Slater family.
â€œThere’s a personal connection there, but that aside, professionally they’re outstanding individuals,â€ said Alonso. â€œFor me, how I’m looking at this is, I can’t be upset that it’s over. I just have to be happy that I was able to have them, and they had an impact on me. And I know that I’ve had an impact on them. And that those two guys have had a tremendous positive impact on everybody in that clubhouse.â€
The Mets held a meeting that included players, coaching staff and manager Luis Rojas, partly to talk about the changes.
â€œ[It was a] typical team meeting where everyone gets to talk, and guys share their thoughts or their emotions and get to vent,â€ said Rojas. â€œWe can talk as a family in there, and what was said in there doesn’t need to be shared. But the guys [were] sharing their thoughts and us talking as a group. Also, to shift gears and go after this game tonight, thatâ€™s the purpose of the meeting.â€