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Dominic Smith Realizes a Dream During a Mets Victory
“I think he’s a hitter, first and foremost.”
Over the years, the Mets have kept an eye on Smith’s weight, which approached 260 pounds at the end of last season.
“I believe the more you try to force power, it can affect your swing,” the Mets hitting coach Kevin Long said.
As the Mets look away from this disappointing season
and toward 2018, they have traded three veteran players to make room for prospects like Smith and shortstop Amed Rosario, who made his debut Aug. 1 and whose first major league home run on Friday provided the go-ahead run in the ninth inning.
Smith’s 16 home runs this season are a career high, which he said is a result of tweaks to his hitting mechanics.
He makes very good contact.”
Smith was listed at 6 feet tall and 239 pounds, but when on defense, Collins said, the burly Smith “moves better than people give him credit for.”
Added Rosario, “He’s saved me many times.”
First base is traditionally a position for power hitters.
Smith admitted that he had put some weight back on since then but said he was still lighter than he was last season.