New York Mets: Leave Howard Johnson Alone!

Joseph VazquezCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2010

PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Coach Howard Johnson #20 of the New York Mets poses during photo day at Tradition Field on February 23, 2009 in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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For the security of Howard Johnson's job to be so shaky after an eleven game road trip shows how unstable this organization is and the state it's in.

Last year with most of the every day players on the DL, the Mets still had one of the best overall batting averages in the National League.

David Wright had a horrible year last year and has really bounced back this year. Rookie Ike Davis has done well. Jose Reyes has done well, but injuries have prevented him from being consistent. Angel Pagan has had a break out year being the most consistent hitter in the Mets lineup. When he has played, rookie Josh Thole has hit well. Utility man Chris Carter has hit well.  

Carlos Beltran has just returned from a major knee injury so you can't really expect him to produce right away.

It's unfair to be so critical of Howard Johnson over an eleven game funk, especially when there has been so many changes to the lineup with the return of Beltran and Castillo.

It's unfair to blame Hojo when the lineup doesn't produce, but not give him credit when they do well over when players exceed expectation.

You can't blame him for Jeff Francoeur's drop in production, he is just over aggressive at the plate, you can't teach patience.

You can blame a hitting coach when it comes to developing young talent, but to blame a hitting coach for the struggles of a player who makes millions of dollars and has already established himself as an all-star, that isn't fair.

There's but so much a hitting coach can do, it's not like pitching where mechanics are so precise. What more can a hitting coach say besides, "Keep your eye on the ball, swing level, keep your back elbow up"? If a player opens up early, you can correct that, but when you have players you have the poor habit of having an uppercut swing like Jose Reyes, there's but so many times you can correct him on that.

It's unfair to blame the coaches because it's the players who have to execute at the end of the day and players will even admit that. You can't trade all of the players, but you can change the one who brings in those players.