Eric Hinske joins Mets as assistant hitting coach

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Hinske is joining the New York Mets as assistant hitting coach in manager Buck Showalter’s staff, Eric Chavez is switching to bench coach and Dom Chiiti is becoming bullpen coach.

Glenn Sherlock is moving from bench coach to catching and strategy coach, and Jeremy Barnes from assistant hitting coach to hitting coach, the team said Thursday.

Hinske, a 12-year big league veteran, was hitting coach of the 2018 Los Angeles Angels, when Billy Eppler was general manager. Eppler became the Mets GM in November 2021.

Hinske was first base coach of the Chicago Cubs in 2014 and assistant hitting coach from 2015-17 and was Arizona’s assistant hitting coach from 2019-21.

Chiti worked with Showalter in Baltimore and Texas. He spent the past two seasons as the Angels’ bullpen coach.

Chavez joined the Mets as hitting coach before last season.

Showalter’s coaches include Jeremy Hefner (pitching), Jeremy Barnes (hitting), Joey Cora (infield and third base), Wayne Kirby (outfield and first base) and Danny Barnes (assistant major league coach).

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