Mets tab Rivera as Double-A hitting coach

VIERA, Fla. -- Luis Rivera has been anointed hitting coach for the Double-A Binghamton

lastname Rivera Mets. Rivera replaces Luis Natera, who was promoted Monday to assistant hitting coach of the big-league club.

Rivera, 30, served as the organization's short-season hitting coordinator the past two seasons, and previously was the hitting coach at Kingsport.

He spent six seasons as an infielder with the Chicago Cubs and Mets organizations. Rivera was a New York-Penn League All-Star in 2006.

The B-Mets also named Jason Griffin their strength and conditioning coach, replacing Jake Henderson.