A day after hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant Tom Slater were sacked, Alonso was still in shock that team officials deemed a change necessary.
Hugh Quattlebaum and Kevin Howard were in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, as the new hitting coach and assistant hitting coach, respectively.
Alonso said he cried in his locker the night before after learning that “Uncle Chili” and “Uncle Slate” had been dismissed from their posts, as Acting Managing Director Zack Scott sought to improve the process and improve the preparation of coaching staff with hitters.
Alonso heard the same message during a team meeting with Scott ahead of Tuesday’s game, but says he’s still not sure why changes were needed.
“I spoke to Zack last night, slept on it, we had a meeting today and it’s still not clear to me,” Alonso said. “I hope that in three or four months we will have the answer or the answer will clarify it. That the answer is there and it’s easy to see. “
Davis told the Post he “probably” would still be employed if Francisco Lindor produced at his normal level. But the shortstop, who signed a $ 341 million contract extension before the season, has struggled.
Lindor, who came into play in a 0-for-21 skid with an OPS of .494, admitted his slow start could have played a role in the changes of coaches.
“Maybe if I would have hit a little more, maybe [Davis] would have had a job, ”Lindor said. ” I do not know. It breaks my heart that he’s not here with us. I’m working as hard as I can and I know Chili and Slate worked as hard as they could to get me moving and getting the players to hit. The little time I spent with them, worked with them, I have nothing but respect for them both.
Although the Mets finished 29th in the MLB with 3.23 points per game, Alonso said he and his teammates were caught off guard by the shots.
“The performance of our offense over the last couple of years, 2019 and 2020, you’ve done some really special things in baseball,” Alonso said. “The guys were stars, the guys broke records… it’s confusing to me and I respect everyone who made that decision, but it just doesn’t make sense right now.”
Luis Rojas was consulted before the layoffs and described the evening as “difficult”. The manager declined to say what his contribution to the case was.
“It was an organizational decision, it’s the best way I can share at the moment,” he said.
Rojas wondering if he could be next on the chopping block?
“That’s the kind of thing I don’t think about because in my field it’s just very disrespectful to the group,” Rojas said. “This is not my goal at the moment. With all due respect to the guys in the gym who work very hard on a daily basis, the players and coaches, and all of our staff who travel with us and also at Citi Field, this is where my goal is: the game of the day.