Among a plethora of changes being made to the New York Mets' staff, the team announced on Tuesday that they have parted ways with long-time head trainer Ray Ramirez.
This comes days after manager Terry Collins resigned from his position after the final game of the season on Sunday. New York also announced that Dan Warthen will not return as pitching coach, but has been offered another position within the organization.
Having been with the team since 2005, Ramirez has often been the scapegoat among fans when the team was constantly plagued by injuries.
It was no different in 2017 as numerous big names went down with long-term injuries that helped withhold the Mets from competing in any sort of way:
Notable Mets injuries in 2017
- Noah Syndergaard (lat): Limited to just seven starts
- Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring): Played in just 81 games
- Jeurys Familia (shoulder): Pitched in 24.2 innings
- Zack Wheeler (arm): Shut down in July due to a stress reaction in his throwing arm
- Matt Harvey (shoulder): Missed two-and-a-half months after pitching with broken bone in shoulder
- Michael Conforto (shoulder): Shut down in August after dislocating shoulder while swinging
It was an unfeasible turn of events to see a team with World Series aspirations suddenly become a bottom-dweller in their division, finishing the season with a 70-92 record.
But injuries have constantly been a prevalent factor with the Mets since Ramirez's arrival and after 13 seasons.