Adrian Gonzalez is the boss of the infield -- there is no getting around it. Dominic Smith has been nowhere to be found on field around first base this week during infield drills.
Instead, Monday it was just Gonzalez and Tuesday it was Gonzalez and Wilmer Flores.
Smith handled first base, but both days it was with the minor league players invited to camp...
What's worse, whereas there had been a lot of talk about Gonzalez mentoring Smith, I've seen Gonzalez working more with Flores, as well as Amed Rosario.
In fact, Gonzalez is seemingly very tight with new bench coach Gary DiSarcina, who is running camp for the position players and, as a former shortstop and third baseman, being very hands on with the infield rotation.
Gonzalez and DiSarcina almost certainly crossed paths in Boston when both were affiliated with the Red Sox. They did a lot of communicating here Tuesday, arms on shoulders, looking at papers, huddled about something, which may or may not have had anything to do with baseball. Who knows? The point is, Gonzalez was having these conversations, not Smith...
In his defense, Gonzalez knows what he's doing out there. He's a tried-and-true, experienced, still-slick first baseman. He also never breaks a sweat, which is either because he's pacing himself or because he doesn't have to.
In either case, while his batting practice has looked like practice, he is still quite smooth and effortless in the field. And, when combined with Jose Reyes or Asdrubal Cabrera at second, Rosario at shortstop, and Todd Frazier at third base, I've only ever seen this infield looking comfortable, confident and efficient. I have no idea how they'll hit, but they're going to be significantly better handling the ball this season compared to 2017.
Earlier in the day, during stretches, Yoenis Cespedes and coach Ruben Amaro, Jr. pushed Rosario to invite Frazier to run with them, Reyes, Cabrera, and Gonzalez.
Frazier joined in, as did David Wright, Flores, and Juan Lagares. Again, Smith was in the other large group made up of minor-leaguers.
By the way, SNY.tv had a GoPro on Rosario during Tuesday's infield practice, so be on the lookout for what is almost certainly going to be an entertaining video...
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