The assistant hitting coach position was added by the team in Spring Training.
Luis Natera occupied the role until he and Dave Hudgens were fired in late May, after which the position remained vacant.
Matthew Cerrone: The way I understand it, as assistant hitting coach, Natera essentially went in the tunnel with players between at bats to help them breakdown in-game video and work in the cage, since Hudgens needed to remain in the dugout watching actual at bats. I don't know any other team that does this, nor do I know if this something that interests new hitting coach Kevin Long.
Frankly, considering this job may have other responsibilities, it reads like a nice gig for Wally Backman, who is praised for his motivational skills. Unfortunately, it was reported last month that Backman will not join the Mets major league coaching staff in 2015 (Ehalt, Oct. 3). Instead, he is expected to return to managing Triple-A Las Vegas, where he won Manager of the Year in 2014 (Rubin, Sept. 29).