Mets to dismiss strength coach Slate
Though the Mets have no plans to revamp their oft-criticized medical and training staffs, they will proceed without one member of that team.
The Mets will dismiss strength and conditioning coach Rick Slate after his contract expires Dec. 31, according to a source, shaking up a staff that has gone largely unchanged over the past few seasons. Slate has served as the Mets’ strength and conditioning coach since 2003, previously holding the same position with the Marlins.
The same source indicated that the rest of the team’s medical and training staffs — including head trainer Ray Ramirez and assistant Mike Herbst — should remain intact. The Mets actually saw a reduction in their collective days spent on the disabled list last season, though that was primarily a reflection of the massive amount of DL days they accrued in 2009.
Enduring a shocking amount of major injuries to key players, the Mets went long stretches that season without Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and Johan Santana, among others.
This past season, the Mets absorbed criticism for their handling of Reyes’ oblique strain, allowing the switch-hitter to bat right-handed before he was fully healed.
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