Davis told reporters on Wednesday that being remote is “tough” (quotes per Mike Puma of the New York Post).
â€œItâ€™s just really tough to do because Iâ€™m used to being around those guys and Iâ€™m used to being hands on with them, in contact with them all the time,â€ Davis said Wednesday. â€œI know a lot of things are real different there right now as far as how much contact you can make with players. Itâ€™s not easy. Itâ€™s kind of boring sitting here not doing what I signed up to do. Itâ€™s not easy at all.â€
Davis said there’s “nothing in this world” that would make him think outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who’s expected to play in his first regular-season game in roughly two years, couldn’t find success this season.
â€œThere is nothing in this world that I would ever believe that Cespedes cannot do on a baseball field,â€ Davis said. â€œHeâ€™s proven that to me already. Heâ€™s a very determined young man. Heâ€™s a very proud young man, so I think when he makes up his mind that heâ€™s going to go out to the world and prove what he can do, heâ€™s going to definitely do that. I just hope he stays healthy. If he stays healthy he is going to be a huge benefit to that ballclub.â€
Davis feels shortstop Amed Rosario can be a catalyst for the Mets offense.
â€œIf Rosie is hitting ninth, he is a guy that starts that whole lineup again at the back of the lineup,â€ Davis said. â€œIf heâ€™s on base, now you have Nimmo or [McNeil] or somebody coming up after him. I think they are three good quality leadoff hitters.The obvious choice I think will probably end up being Nimmo or Mac [at leadoff] because of the success they have had.â€
Davis had a conversation with first baseman Pete Alonso where he expressed to the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year that he has to keep his approach “as simple as possible.”
â€œPetey and I had a conversation [Monday], just reminding him the guy who hit 53 home runs last year wasnâ€™t just the guy who finished the year, the second half,â€ Davis said. â€œThe guy that hit 53 home runs last year was the guy that started from spring training to the All-Star break. I thought he had a few more ups and downs in the second half than in the first half.â€
â€œThe one thing we talk about mostly is this year, especially, you canâ€™t match in a 60-game season those numbers you put up last year,â€ Davis said. â€œYou have got to keep the approach as simple as possible.â€
â€œThe second thing I wanted him to understand: â€˜Donâ€™t put in your mind that pitchers arenâ€™t going to pitch to you.â€™ They are.â€
The New York Mets open the 2020 season at home against the Atlanta Braves on Friday.