Mets coach Chili Davis: Working remotely amid pandemic ‘right decision’
If the circumstances of playing a season amid the coronavirus pandemic weren’t challenging enough for MLB teams, the New York Mets were thrown a curve ball when hitting coach Chili Davis decided against being with the team due to being in the “high risk” category should he contract COVID-19.
Davis, who continues to work remotely from his home in Arizona, recently stated he does not regret the difficult decision to do so. That stance was further reinforced when a Mets player and coach tested positive for COVID-19 in Miami three weeks ago.
“I think about if that had been me, where would I be right now, being a high-risk person,” Davis told the New York Post on Thursday. “I think I made the right decision.”
Being 60 years old and having a preexisting condition makes the health risks associated with coronavirus much more severe for Davis. The coach’s primary concerns centered specifically around traveling to cities like Miami and Atlanta, where positive COVID-19 cases continue to surge.
Despite the difficulty of being away from the team, Davis knows he made the right decision for himself and his health.
“Do I miss being there? Yeah, I do,” Davis said. “I didn’t sign up to work from home. I talk to the guys a lot, I do meetings with them and I am looking at pitchers all the time, staffs and I do the advance meetings with them via Zoom. But it’s not the same as being there and hands on, walking up to a guy and talking to him or have somebody come to you and be able to discuss what they are feeling and what the need to work on.
“Being on the bench is one of the things I miss. Being able to be involved in the game that way, personally, but at the end of the day, I think I made the right decision.”
Whatever Davis is doing while coaching from home, it’s working, or at least not inhibiting Mets hitters’ ability to perform at the plate. The team leads the major league in batting average (.275) and OBP (.351), as well as residing in the top five for slugging percentage (.463) and OPS (.814).