Michael Conforto has played a surprisingly decent centerfield for the Mets and the All-Star seems to be willing to play there on a more full-time basis
There has been a fair amount of debate whether or not Michael Conforto should play centerfield going forward for the Mets full-time. Conforto has now came out and said himself that he would be open to playing the position regularly.
Conforto spoke to the NY Daily News about the possibility of him moving from a corner spot to center, and he had the following to say:
"“I think as long as I can play there, I would definitely enjoy playing out there. If you’re asking me, I’d love to play out there every day. It’d be awesome. But I don’t know what the plans are for me or for the team moving forward. I guess from my standpoint all I can do is try to play as well as I can out there, show that I can cover some ground and be effective out there.”"
No matter how you feel towards a possible position switch for Conforto, you have to feel really great about his attitude, and how he goes about handling any position changes.
It’s pretty clear that Conforto is becoming a star, if he’s not already considered one. To hear one of the best players on your team be both this open and this confident about switching positions has to make management and his teammates take notice. It’s clearly made the fans notice.
Ultimately, it remains to be seen if Conforto can actually handle the position on a full-time basis, or if he’ll even be needed there long-term. The Mets are going to have a lot of money coming off the books this offseason, so it’s entirely possible they swing a trade, or sign a true centerfielder, in free agency.
However, what if Conforto works hard enough to make himself average, or more than average, out there? Judging by his statement mentioned above, it’s clear that he’s not lacking any confidence. And that he’s planning on working hard.
Conforto wasn’t supposed to be an All-Star this season. He wasn’t even supposed to start the season in the majors. Should anyone really be surprised by him or his success anymore?