MetsBlog Q&ACast: Dave Hudgens explains why he’s confident in Ike Davis

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens still has a lot of confidence in Ike Davis, “He’s the kind of guy that can carry you,” he told me during this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon.

“Ike just has a little bit of a different swing, he has a lot of rhythm in his swing, a lot of timing,” Hudgens explained. “Ike needs to make things as simple as he can … and let his natural rhythm and timing take over,” as he did toward the end of last season.

Here, Hudgens also talks with me about about his job, his use of advanced stats, his approach to hitting, implementing an organizational strategy, and what he plans to do for Curtis Granderson, who has already sent Hudgens video and notes on his swing:

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102 comments
joeyblueye
joeyblueye

then i have NO CONFIDENCE IN HUDGENS 

gasparsarm
gasparsarm

Matt, I listened to the interview and it seemed towards the end you were almost going to ask him if he has 

any input into the process of aquiring a new player.  I think that could be a real interesting question.

Does the front office ever ask the hitting coach about a guys swing and how it would play here.

Or anything else to inform their decisions on who to pursue??     


Maybe the next time you talk to him...

Ed Renner
Ed Renner

I believe that one of the biggest problems on the Mets IS their hitting coach. All you had to do for the past seasons is watch the AB's that the guys had. They are clearly thinking too much and they don't know when they are supposed to swing or lay off. Take a guy with little confidence like Duda and then confuse him more and you have a strikeout. This is the worst hitting coach I've seen in 55 years of watching baseball.

Anthony J Kleinlercher
Anthony J Kleinlercher

Let Keith Hernandez coach him, who was a better contact hitter then him. Left handed and was a great hitting 1st baseman

straka82
straka82

And here come the Ike Davis , Lucas duda and tejada "best shape of their life " stories

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

If Hudgens and the rest of the brainiacs had left Davis' swing alone, instead of filing his head full of nonsense, he wouldn't be in this position. Let the guy play his game...that's what got him to MLB in the first place. Hopefully, he ignores them all and just goes up there and hits. Or at this point, at least tries to hit.

Sergio Mendez
Sergio Mendez

On other clubs where would Davis and Tejada be? Money talks and the Mets have little of that. Same old same old.

Daniel Morales
Daniel Morales

If ike has a great season, theyll be forced to trade him because who would want to play for a team that has publicly stated they dont want him. Alderson is a fool! No faith in ike but he signs CHris Young for 7.5mill and has faith in him? Man, FIRE ALDERSON AND TERRIBLE COLLINS!!!!!

Clark Poccia
Clark Poccia

Hudgens and Davis ca ship out on the same train as far as I'm concerned. I wish Keith would do it, he know hitting!!!

hankincolo
hankincolo

Was it just me, or did Matt suddenly turn into the biggest Ike fan by the end of the interview? It seemed to me he was rooting for Ike to be traded with all of his Ike stories this winter.

Am I wrong?

hankincolo
hankincolo

For you old timers, does Ike's swing remind you of Richie Allen?

JC
JC

if you were born yesterday and somehow became a metsblog reader, you would be under the impression that the mets have these two great players called Ike Davis and Tejada

eric88
eric88

Every player, that's Every player under performed, 5 hit .210 or less, your 2 power hitters were sent down, and not 1 player met expectations, and you renew the hitting coach's contract, ONLY THE METS!!!

gloveman
gloveman

so when you are the hitting coach for a team who's hitting was among the worst in baseball, who listens to you?

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

In December they were confident that Duda was going to be the starting 1B, now in January they have confidence in Ike, a player they offered to every other team.

Davis' Dad was right, Mets handled this poorly, unless they felt the need to piss off Davis to make him better.

gloveman
gloveman

I like Ike more than Duda, but then again it's kind of like saying I like small pox more than the black plague!

gloveman
gloveman

I can't wait to see what he's going to do for Graderson! That is a scary thought. I mean does a veteran like Granderson really need Hudgens to mess up his swing?

Michael John Knespler
Michael John Knespler

I have a lot of confidence he'll be hitting under .200 and sent down yet again.

Dennis Leary
Dennis Leary

if Ike can hit 30+ hrs this year, I think we'll have a pretty good ball club

mettle
mettle

Great, but why should I have confidence in Dave Hudgens?

scottk
scottk

I have more confidence in Ike then Dave ! he needs to go and bring on Cliff Floyd !  

Jack Sanchez
Jack Sanchez

Hudgens believes in taking pitches which lead to the hitter striking out

rico
rico

I love when folks give emphatic opinions and then say…"I didn't listen to the interview"…


from the same school at the "end of conversation, period" types who cannot contribute to a conversation but insist on the last word. Which they don't have.

Qotita del Sol
Qotita del Sol

the problem is simple--they hired the wrong hudgens.

harryl
harryl

@Ed Renner I could not agree more!!! He is the one that needs to be replaced

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

I don't know..there's a very real chance he just wasn't that good to begin with/..

hankypanky
hankypanky

Not to worry. Wonderful Wally "fixed" him, remember?

Daniel Gaffney
Daniel Gaffney

Keith made it very simple. Ike drops his elbow as the pitch is thrown. He doesn't get it raised in time. Hudgens rhythm crap is just that.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@hankincolo  I'm not old enough to have seen him play but I have seen video of him and you are dead on! The way he positions his hands and has that hitch in his hands. Great comparison. Unfortunately Allen was a LITTLE better! 

Carl Rock
Carl Rock

@eric88 Spot on. I agree I haven't seen one player improve during his tenure as batting coach.

eric88
eric88

True. Also at winter meetings Sandy said his #one priority was at SS. but now they have total confidence in Tejada.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Kevin VanTassell Piss off Ike, so he hits better? Not a conspiracy theory guy, but who knows, perhaps you're onto something.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Granderson's swing messed up playing in Yankees Stadium, he brings that swing to CitiField, he strikes out 200 times with 20 home runs.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

I always liked HoJos approach better. I hate this taking pitches just to take pitches approach

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@Sentimental Steve  Depends on the level of competition in the beer league he winds up in.  Whether it's fast pitch or lob ball, coed.....all these things will factor in.  

sayhey24
sayhey24

He can, but with his current approach at the plate it would require opposing pitchers to make a lot of mistakes circa 2012 in the 2nd half.

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Tarheel11 @hankincolo Jerry Grote, had a hitch and somehow hit, but he was a catcher first and not expected to hit homeruns. Point is, guys with a complicated swing can hit, but they better not lose confidence and according to David Wright, Ike lost his confidence, which I find kind of amazing but, there it is. I say leave Ike alone, give him the 100 ABs in ST and see what happens.  If he flails and fails, then Duda has the job by default.


I would just hate to see Davis turn into the other Davis who left Texas and then had a big year for Baltimore.