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Mets Hire Former Cardinals Coach to Key Position on Buck Showalter's Staff

Adam Taylor McKillop
The New York Mets hired former St. Louis Cardinals coach to a key position on Buck Showalter's staff.
The New York Mets hired former St. Louis Cardinals coach to a key position on Buck Showalter's staff. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Despite winning 93 games, the St. Louis Cardinals did a bit of housekeeping with their coaching staff at the start of MLB's offseason. Four coaches departed for other openings, different roles within the franchise, or to the open market.

On Monday, the New York Mets took advantage of this surprising outcome. According to team insider Andy Martino, the Mets added one of these former Cardinals coaches to a key position on manager Buck Showalter's staff.

Former Cardinals hitting coach Jeff Albert joins New York with a new title, director of hitting. New York recently hired Eric Jagers as the director of pitching.

Albert spent four years working as St. Louis' MLB hitting coach. His departure was by choice. Reports suggest the franchise hoped to retain him and Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said "Jeff accomplished exactly what we were hoping he would do," in October.

The hope is for Albert to continue New York's success at the plate in 2022. The Mets scored the fifth most runs in baseball (4.77 per game) and ranked sixth in RBIs. As it stands, New York holds +950 odds (5th) to win the 2023 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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