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Houston hires Hudgens

Signed Dave Hudgens autograph card from my collection
Signed Dave Hudgens autograph card from my collection

Former New York Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens will be filling that position on new Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch‘s staff. (Jose De Jesus Ortiz and Evan Drellich, Houston Chronicle)

“He’s a seasoned major league coach,” Hinch said. “I think he’s got a real understanding of how to coach an offensive approach and produce runs. I think his demeanor, his connection with players — he’s managing in Venezuela right now — overall everything he brings to the staff is high quality.”

Hudgens did not turn out to be a good fit for the Mets, though whether that was due to his skill as a coach or the Mets’ skill as hitters is something I don’t know how to judge. It will be interesting to see how he does in Houston next season.

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The Flushing circus goes on without Hudgens & Valverde

Jose Valverde (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Jose Valverde’s time with the New York Mets came to an end Monday after he took the loss in the team’s 5-3 defeat by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Memorial Day (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The circus of the damned continues in Flushing, Queens, but it will go on without deposed hitting coach Dave Hudgens and ex-closer Jose Valverde, who were both dismissed after a disheartening Memorial Day loss.

On his way out, Hudgens blamed the relatively small number of fans who still come to the games for the Mets’ struggles at home.

“I think the fans are really tough on the guys at home. How can you boo Curtis Granderson? They have no idea how hard this guy works and how he goes about doing his business, doing his job. He gets off to a slow start and they’re booing him? Come on,” Hudgens told MLB.com “It’s tougher at home to play than it is on the road, there’s no doubt about it. And they’re trying really hard at home.”

I don’t advocate booing your own players unless they show a clear lack of effort or otherwise disrespect the fans, but Hudgens sounds clueless. How can you boo Curtis Granderson? Well, he made an awful first impression. In 25 games in April, Granderson had a .136 / .252 / .216 slash line with one home run and seven RBI. And you can’t expect fans to look at his track record without remembering that Granderson used to be a New York Yankee and played a lot better for the Mets’ crosstown neighbors.

It’s wonderful that the Mets players are “trying really hard” at home, but in the real world, effort is only rewarded in relation to the tangible results that are produced by it. The results in May have not been pretty: 17 losses and just 7 wins.

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Mets coaches autographs from spring training

Yesterday’s mail included a pair of envelopes postmarked from West Palm Beach, Fla., which brought signed cards from two New York Mets coaches for my collection.

While hitting coach Dave Hudgens has a few minor league team set cards and he appeared on coaches cards in a few regional sets when he was part of the Oakland A’s staff, I didn’t manage to track down any of them last year. So this spring, I sent him a Signature Card.

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