Mets manager Mickey Callaway spoke with reporters Thursday before Opening Day against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.
- As Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen have said, there will not be a platoon at first base. A platoon would have meant Dominic Smith starting most days. Instead, it seems Pete Alonso will start at first base most days.
- With Alonso in the starting role, Smith will be coming off the bench, and Callaway said Thursday that the plan for now is to not use Smith in left field.
- Asked why he chose to start Juan Lagares over Keon Broxton, Callaway cited defense. Broxton had the better Spring Training by far, but Lagares has the edge when it comes to defense in center field.
- Callaway also told the story of how he told Alonso and the other guys on the roster bubble that they had made the team -- switching up the batting practice schedule before gathering them and telling them. "He had this look on his face...I've never seen this look before," Callaway said. "Like, 'all of my hard work has paid off.'"
The way Mickey told Pete, and the group he was hitting with that they made the big leagues is tremendous pic.twitter.com/025suPzjGh- SNY (@SNYtv) March 28, 2019