Hitting coaches out in staff shuffle

NEW YORK -- Lamar Johnson and Luis Natera are out as hitting coaches, the Mets announced. Both have been invited to remain with the organization.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen, bench coach Bob Geren, third base coach Tim Teufel,

first base coach Tom Goodwin and bullpen coach Ricky Bones will remain in their current roles.


There was no tangible difference between the Mets' results under hitting coach Dave Hudgens, who was fired on May 26, and successor Lamar Johnson (pictured). NL rank in parentheses.

Also, Mike Barwis will now oversee strength and conditioning while remaining a consultant. He will be responsible for the hiring of the staff that works on a daily basis with the team. Barwis ran the strength and conditioning camp that several Mets players attended last winter near Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jim Malone, who ran the strength and conditioning program, is leaving the organization.

Johnson took over as hitting coach on May 27, a day after the firing of Dave Hudgens. Johnson previously had been the organization’s minor-league hitting coordinator.

Natera, originally slated to remain Double-A Binghamton’s hitting coach this season, was tabbed late in spring training for the newly created position of assistant hitting coach on the major league staff.

The Mets had broached with Teufel moving to hitting coach for 2015, which might have paved the way for Wally Backman to rise to the major league staff, but Teufel preferred to remain at third base and coach the infielders.

There was no tangible difference in performance after the switch from Hudgens to Johnson, including nearly identical batting average (.237 vs. .238) and on-base percentage (.309 vs. .308) results.

The Mets are expected to consider candidates inside and outside the organization for the vacant coaching roles.