Luis Rojas on Francisco Lindor: 'It was just great to see him in the uniform'




Francisco Lindor smiling
Francisco Lindor smiling  

Mets fans aren't the only ones who are excited to see Francisco Lindor in the blue and orange, as manager Luis Rojas spoke to media on Sunday about what it's like to have the star shortstop around at spring training.

"He showed up today, the position players were doing their physicals today, they finished and they got clearance to go out on the field and do some light work," Rojas said. "They just went to the back fields and took some BP. He was apart of the group that went out there. It was just great to see him in the uniform.

"I think I'd seen a bunch of pictures out there of him in the uniform. But to actually see him in person wearing the Mets uniform is very exciting. Blending in with the rest of the guys that were out there a well, great personality, smiling of course. I'm looking forward to seeing him with the whole squad tomorrow."

 

Rojas would go on to talk about his knowledge of Lindor's game and how the coaching staff is still learning more about him.

"I've tried to watch as many videos and different faces of the game, his base running, his defense and different things," Rojas said. "Our coaches do the same thing, from a defensive standpoint, from a hitting standpoint, just still learning. But talking to him as well, which I did in the offseason, and today we spoke a little bit as well, it's pleasant. You feel the leader in there, you feel the experience which is always something great.

"I was responding to Mike's question about what the guys bring to the table when it comes down to meeting and passing each other a message or something that they can get better at out there. He's that guy. He bring a lot to the table, and I'm learning that. He likes to get involved, he likes to see where we need to get better at, and things like that. We've had those conversations already. This experience of being a great teammate, or having teamwork at the highest level, I think that's what he's bringing here as well. As well as all the incredible tools."

Over 60 games during the shortened 2020 season, Lindor batted .258 with eight homers and 27 RBI. For his career in six seasons, he owns a .285 batting average and has 138 home runs. Lindor has earned four All-Star nominations (2016-2019), two Silver Slugger awards (2017, 2018), and two Gold Glove awards (2016, 2019).

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