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Francisco Lindor: ‘I didn’t give my best in the weight room’

Francisco Lindor says not giving his best in the weight room led to late-season struggles

Talking to reporters on Monday, New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor mentioned his late-season struggles in 2020.

CLEVELAND — By way of his first few days of Spring Coaching, Francisco Lindor has but to note a lot of a distinction taking part in for a giant market crew.

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In any case, the rise in media members one would possibly count on to see going from taking part in for the Cleveland Indians to the New York Mets has been restricted attributable to coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions.

“I do not see you guys within the clubhouse,” Lindor informed reporters throughout a digital media availability on Monday. “I have never actually seen that huge market expertise besides my Instagram and Twitter and social media pages have grown.”

Over the course of practically 40 minutes, the four-time All-Star mentioned numerous matters with the press, together with Fernando Tatis Jr.’s latest $340 million contract extension with the San Diego Padres, his personal impending free company and the Mets’ outlook for the 2021 marketing campaign. So far as Indians followers are involved, maybe essentially the most noteworthy reply Lindor gave got here when he was requested in regards to the impact the coronavirus pandemic had on the 2020 season.

“Final yr was a really troublesome yr for lots of people. I used to be blessed to have the ability to play each sport, keep wholesome, keep on the sector,” he mentioned. “My routine was slightly completely different final yr. I did not give my finest within the weight room and that confirmed the final week of the season. I received drained. You understand, 60 video games, I used to be taking part in effectively. I used to be taking part in positive. I performed effectively. It was simply that final week, I did not get my couple hits and it went right down to hitting .240, .230 — I do not know what I hit final yr. However no matter it was, it wasn’t good.

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“So yeah, I simply received drained. I did not give my finest within the weight room. It confirmed. It confirmed the final week. That is just about it in terms of final yr’s season.”

Though the two-time Silver Slugger’s batting common might not have wound up as little as he alluded to, it did drop from .286 on Sept. 15 to .258 by season’s finish. And whereas it is value noting the 2020 season was shortened to simply 60 video games as a result of coronavirus pandemic, Lindor posted profession lows in a number of averages, together with batting common, on-base proportion, slugging proportion, OPS and OPS+.

In two postseason video games, Lindor went 1-for-Eight with three strikeouts as Cleveland was swept by the New York Yankees within the Wild Card spherical.

However, the 27-year-old finds himself wanting ahead and never again. And whereas it might not imply a lot to Indians followers, final month’s commerce to the Mets has offered Lindor with not simply extra followers on social media, but additionally, a recent begin.

“I do the identical factor each offseason. I work as onerous as I can to enhance my physique, to attempt to get higher, to get stronger, to get quicker or not less than preserve sure areas of my sport,” he mentioned. “So it has been the identical factor that I do each offseason — work as onerous as I can. I assumed final yr went effectively, it was simply that final week. And there is nothing I can do within the offseason to repair that final week — it is doing it through the season this yr to be sure that stretch [doesn’t] occur.”

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You possibly can watch Lindor’s full press convention within the video participant beneath.

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