Henderson replacing Down as coach for Mets

Updated: July 12, 2007, 10:09 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Rickey Henderson will be the newest coach on the New York Mets staff -- when he reaches New York.

Henderson was traveling Thursday as the Mets announced his hiring and the dismissal of hitting coach Rick Down. It has not been decided whether Henderson or first-base coach Howard Johnson will replace Down.

"We don't know what his role will be yet," general manager Omar Minaya said. "We have not defined who will be hitting coach."

Johnson filled ...

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