According to James Wagner of the New York Times the New York Mets have finally decided on a director of high performance, Jim Cavallini.
Cavallini will be the first-ever in Mets franchise history to hold the title of Director of High Performance after the team announced earlier this offseason they would begin a search for the position.
The Mets are coming off a 2017 season that was ravaged by injury, according to Roster Resource’s Disabled List Tracker, the Mets have had 28 DL stints this year which is tied for the fourth most in MLB. Roster Resource also has a calculation they call Roster Effect Rating, in which the Mets lead the league at 9.79 with the Los Angeles Dodgers right behind them at 8.83.
To begin the offseason overhaul of the training staff the Mets dismissed longtime head trainer Ray Ramirez. The Mets also announced early in the offseason that Mike Barwis, Mets senior advisor for strength and conditioning will return in 2018.
Cavallini has been the director of performance at EXOS, a Human Performance Company, for the last eight years. Previously to that he was the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Virgina for two plus years and held the same position at the University of Iowa the previous two years.
The director of performance has recently become a new trend in baseball that started with the Seattle Mariners and was also added by the Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, and Toronto Blue Jays.
The job of this director will be to head the restructured medical department and receive reports from the rest of the staff so that they can get a clearer picture of players’ health.
Former pitching coach Mickey Callaway was hired as the Mets new manager this offseason in addition with new pitching coach Dave Eiland in another effort to try to keep pitchers healthier. One step they’ve taken is an offseason throwing regiment, something the Mets have done in the recent past.
The Mets have yet to name a head trainer as the final facet for a franchise that is hoping health of their talented pitching could be the big boost towards contending again.