This season, Mets veteran INF Todd Frazier is going to have to get used to playing across the diamond at first base. And, of course, Spring Training will help him get used to the position once again.
Frazier is no stranger to first base, having played 94 games at the position over his career. But he hasn't played there since 2017, while he was with the White Sox before being traded to the Yankees.
As he takes his reps down in Spring Training, Frazier knows he needs to not only get used to the new glove at first, but also the responsibilities the position requires.
"You got a bigger glove over there, so that should help you out," Frazier told SNY's Steve Gelbs during a special addition of "Mets Hot Stove" at Duffy's Sports Bar down in Port St. Lucie. "The biggest thing I always had a problem with when I played first was I forgot to be the cut-off man when the ball was hit to center field. At third base, you don't have much to do. You're basically on the bag because the runner is coming.
"You got to know your pitchers, study the guys we have, know the runners over there, know the new bunt plays and what have you. But the biggest thing I think is to know the speed of your pitchers so you know how much time you have to flip them the ball or they need to get back on a double play."
While Frazier has been making the transition, he -- like many of his teammates -- have noticed the different feel between this year's camp compared to last year.
"We got a little swagger right now," he said. "From ground balls to pop-up priority drills, just the litte drills that we're doing there's a lot of chatter and I love that. I'm an emotional guy, enthusiastic, I love talking and getting people fired up and it looks like I might not have to do that the whole time but most of the time we'll see."