Mets add assistant hitting coach to Terry Collins’ staff

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Two-thirds of MLB teams now employ an assistant hitting coach, as the Mets have become the 20th team to join the trend by adding Luis Natera to manager Terry Collins’ coaching staff.

Natera has been in the organization for two decades, including the past seven seasons as the Double-A hitting coach. They created the position for him and the timing of doing it right before Opening Day is interesting.

He’ll work under primary hitting coach Dave Hudgens, who’s in his third season with that gig for the Mets.

I picture Natera showing up to Mets camp today, saying something like “it’s great to join you guys as the assistant hitting coach!” and Hudgens interrupting to say “uh, that’s assistant to the hitting coach.” Except, unfortunately, there’s probably a strong chance Mets camp isn’t like “The Office.”

Corey Seager will be included on Dodgers’ World Series roster

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will be on the team’s World Series roster.

Seager, 23, played in the NLDS but was left off the NLCS roster due to a lower back injury suffered in Game 3 against the Diamondbacks. He had three hits, including a triple, in 15 plate appearances in that series. During the regular season, Seager hit .295/.375/.479 with 22 home runs, 77 RBI, and 85 runs scored across 613 PA.

Charlie Culberson and Chris Taylor handled shortstop while Seager was absent. Both players were among the Dodgers’ best performers in the NLCS. With Seager back in the fold, Taylor will play mostly center field and Culberson will return to his bench role.