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Chili Davis to be the Mets new hitting coach

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The Mets are reportedly going to make Chili Davis their next hitting coach. It’s not official yet, but multiple outlets are saying it’s in the works.

Davis was fired by the Cubs in October and, if he gets the Mets job, will be on his fourth team as a hitting coach. He would replace Pat Roessler, who the Mets fired after the season after only one year on the job. As such, Davis would be the Mets’ third hitting coach in as many seasons.

Which, while some might say reflects poorly on the abilities and/or patience of either Davis and/or the Mets, I prefer to think is more a matter of no one really being able to say what makes a good hitting coach after you get past the “does the team have good hitters who perform well?” inquiry. More so than any job in baseball, a hitting coach’s success is determined by the roster and its health.

Which is to say: I wouldn’t think too hard about this either way, Mets fans.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

Jabari Blash
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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.