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Francisco Lindor has been with his new team for only 44 games, and New York Mets fans are already upset with him.
Lindor’s addition to the team came as part of a blockbuster trade between the Mets and Cleveland Indians. Lindor was signed to a 10-year, $341 million extension before the 2021 MLB season. The contract locks Lindor in New York through 2032.
So far, Lindor has fallen well short of Mets fans’ expectations, especially after Lindor’s All-Star stretch in Cleveland. Lindor produced 32 home runs and 74 RBIs in 2019, but through 44 games this season, Lindor has a .191 batting average and just four home runs and 11 RBIs.
Mets fans have now begun booing the new shortstop during home games at Citi Field, and Lindor is aware of their frustration.
“I think they’re booing because of the results,” said Lindor in an interview with MLB.com. “I don’t think it’s that they don’t like me. I think it’s because of the results, because when I come down to the dugout and I have a baseball in my hands, they all go crazy. It’s the same person that’s booing me.”
Despite the lack of encouragement, Lindor continues to hone in on making improvements with his batting.
“Hitting is very funny and different because I have tried so bad to imitate myself from 2017 when I started hitting home runs and then imitate myself in 2018,” commented Lindor. “And imitating myself, I get it. But it’s really hard to get that feel back. I can’t personally remember what it felt like in 2017. I can try to imitate myself, but I’m not quite there.”
Because of Lindor and new addition Carlos Carrasco, the Mets fanbase has heightened hopes of a deep run in October. Despite Lindor’s struggles, the Mets are still at the top of the NL East, which should ease the pressure off the new guy since the ball club’s still winning.