Nieto hired to coach catchers
The Mets also hired former major league catcher Tom Nieto to be their catching instructor.
Down was the Yankees' hitting coach from 2002-03. He was fired after New York's hitters slumped in losing the 2003 World Series to the Florida Marlins. Last season, Down was coordinator of minor league instruction for the Yankees.
"Rick has a successful track record as a batting instructor and we are glad to add him to the staff," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said.
Randolph, the former Yankees coach and player, was hired by the Mets to replace Art Howe earlier this month.
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