September 29, 2017 - 6:19 am
Updated September 29, 2017 - 8:13 am
The 51s’ coaching staff will have at least one new face next season.
Hitting coach Jack Voigt tweeted Thursday night that he would not return for the 2018 season.
Thx to all my hitters in my 12 years with Mets. Disappointed I will not be back in 2018. Loved helping you all reach ur dreams to play MLB.
— Jack Voigt Baseball (@JVoigtBaseball) September 29, 2017
“Thx to all my hitters in my 12 years with the Mets. Disappointed I will not be back in 2018. Loved helping you all reach ur dreams to play MLB,” Voigt wrote. “And thanks to #LV51 fans for 3 great years. 5 hitters in top 6 of PCL batting over 2 seasons ain’t bad! But wasn’t good enough, I guess.”
He was referring to T.J. Rivera (.353), Brandon Nimmo (.352) and Gavin Cecchini (.325), who finished first, second and third, respectively, in hitting in 2016; and Dominic Smith (.330) and Amed Rosario (.328), who finished fourth and sixth respectively in the PCL this season. All five are now with the Mets.
Voigt, who played in the majors during the ‘90s, was first hired by the Mets in 2006 as a scout. He had also served as a hitting coach and outfield and baserunning coordinator in the organization before becoming the 51s’ hitting coach in 2015.
No announcements have been made regarding manager Pedro Lopez or pitching coach Frank Viola’s status, though a recent report in the New York Post suggested that Viola is “unlikely to be considered” for the major league pitching coach job and that it was “unclear if Viola will remain in the organization.”
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