Mets promoting Eric Chavez to bench coach, Jeremy Barnes to hitting coach: report

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The Mets are reportedly making a few changes to the titles of those on Buck Showalter’s coaching staff, most notably promoting Eric Chavez to bench coach.

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According to Audacy Sports MLB insider Jon Heyman, Chavez, who served as the Mets’ hitting coach last season, will move up to be Showalter’s right-hand man. Chavez was named by the Yankees as an assistant hitting coach last December, but two weeks later, the 44-year-old was offered the Mets’ main job and moved across the East River to Queens.

The Mets definitely improved in Chavez’s season as hitting coach, raising their batting average 20 points from .239 in 2021 to .259 last season, and they drove in 131 more runs as well.

With Chavez moving to the bench, Glenn Sherlock, who served as Showalter’s bench coach, will move into a new position working with the team’s catchers on pitch calling and base stealing prevention – a role the organization sees as vitally important as top prospect Francisco Alvarez gets set to take over behind the plate at some point in the near future.

And, with Chavez promoted, assistant hitting coach Jeremy Barnes will be moving up to the top job. Per Heyman, Barnes “was said to have been coveted by a couple different teams,” but he will stay with the Mets as their new hitting coach.

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