Chili Davis is officially the Mets' new hitting coach, as SNYtv's Andy Martino reported. The Mets also named Chuck Hernandez as the new bullpen coach and Luis Rojas to the newly-created role of quality control coach.
"Brodie [Van Wagenen] and I spent a lot of time finding the right mix of coaches," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "We're especially glad to add an additional coach to the staff keeping pace with the industry standard."
Davis, 58, joins the Mets from Chicago after serving as the Cubs hitting coach in 2018. He was Oakland's hitting coach from 2012-14 and Boston's hitting coach from 2015-17. The Cubs led the NL with a .258 batting average and ranked second with a .333 OBP under Davis.
The switch-hitting outfielder spent 19 seasons in the major leagues playing with the Giants, Angels, Twins, Royals and Yankees. Davis was a three-time All-Star and won three World Series championships. After six years of coaching under his belt, Davis said he wants to do a better job delivering his messages to "millennial players."
Davis replaces Pat Roessler after New York finished in the bottom third of the majors in batting average (.234), on-base percentage (.312) and slugging percentage (.389).
"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," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said. "Our players will benefit greatly throughout 2019."
Hernandez, 58, spent the previous two years as the Braves pitching coach. He was the Atlanta's minor league pitching coordinator in 2016. Prior to joining the Braves, he was the pitching coach for Miami from 2013-2015 and was an assistant coach at the University of South Florida from 2011-2012.
Rojas, 37, will serve as a conduit between the front office and coaching staff on issues regarding game preparation, strategy and analytics as the quality control coach. 2019 will mark Rojas' 14th year in the Mets organization. He managed Double-A Binghamton the last two years and has managed in the Mets minor league system since 2011, compiling a .537 winning percentage.
Davis, Hernandez and Rojas join Jim Riggleman amidst a plethora of new coaching hires in Flushing. Riggleman, 66, will serve as the Mets' new bench coach and many believe he could replace Callaway as the manager if New York goes in a different direction mid-season.