With Curtis Granderson out of the Mets' clubhouse, Michael Conforto has emerged as the new voice of leadership, per NY Daily News' Daniel Popper.
Though this is only his third season in the majors, Conforto is now one of the more experienced Mets in the locker room. Granderson joined Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, and Jay Bruce as veteran to be sent off to contenders this year.
However, manager Terry Collins believes Conforto should just focus on finishing out his season strong instead of worrying about leading at the moment.
"I think Michael really needs to focus on just finishing the year strong," Collins said. "There's enough going on right now with him that he needs to go just play. We'll worry about the leadership at another time. But he's got to show up and go do his thing and finish strong."
"I think ultimately down the road, in the big picture, he will be a huge force in the clubhouse. But he's got enough going on to finish the last two months the way he's came into the last two months, and that is playing well, swinging the bat well and finishing with great numbers. And then we'll worry about all the other outside, off-the-diamond kind of stuff later on."
Conforto has already been leading by example on the field, and Collins views that as enough for right now. Collins has already spoke to Conforto about leadership, and he understood the message loud and clear.
"Message received," Conforto said. "We'll let it happen naturally."
This season, Conforto is hitting .278 with 65 RBI and a team-leading 26 homers.