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Mets: Three Michael Conforto predictions for the 2021 season

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets running as he celebrates after hitting a walk off rbi single to win the game in the bottom of the ninth inning in an MLB baseball game against the Washington Nationals on August 9, 2019 at Citi Field in the Queens borough of New York City. Mets won 7-6. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets running as he celebrates after hitting a walk off rbi single to win the game in the bottom of the ninth inning in an MLB baseball game against the Washington Nationals on August 9, 2019 at Citi Field in the Queens borough of New York City. Mets won 7-6. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Jul 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; National League outfielder Michael Conforto (30) of the New York Mets during batting practice one day before the 2017 MLB All Star Game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

A second trip to the All-Star Game

Conforto made his first All-Star appearance in 2017 after hitting .284/.403/.542/.945 with 29 extra-base hits and 41 RBIs in the first half of that season.

It’s a shame that 2020 was a shortened season because Conforto was on track to achieve this goal last season with his .322/.412/.515/.927 slash line over the 60-game season. However, the 2020 season will be one to build upon for Conforto and make 2021 another great season. If Conforto can do this, he will be rewarded with his second All-Star appearance. Just another reason why Conforto should be locked up to a long-term extension now before he has a career year like he seemed destined for had 2020 been a full season.

The National League outfield is one of the deepest positions in baseball and it is a battle every year to see which outfielders make the team. The All-Star game has largely become a popularity contest but if Conforto can put up the numbers he did in 2020 it should be quite easy for him to get to Atlanta and be in his second All-Star game.

The Mets are set up to potentially have a lot of players make All-Star appearances this coming season and Conforto may get lost in the shuffle when it comes to voting and evaluating the potential All-Star selections. However, Conforto is the Mets best all-around player and will benefit immensely from all of the protection the Mets have in the middle of the lineup.

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