Michael Conforto: Mets have too much integrity to cheat like Astros


PORT ST. LUCIE – The Astros fraud scandal is based on integrity. You have it or not.

The Astros have cheated baseball and their teammates, and that will not be forgotten.

Michael Conforto – in many ways the heart and soul of this Mets clubhouse that David Wright comes closest to from his time as captain – made it clear this Tuesday at Clover Park.

"Even if it came from above, I wouldn't feel comfortable doing it. I just feel like the integrity of the players in this clubhouse, we just wouldn't allow it, no matter who brings it in or who has the idea, "Conforto told The Post." I think it's the same across the league. "

Despite all their talent and advanced analytics, the Astros have missed the character app with their sign theft scandal.

"It's just an unacceptable thing in baseball," said Conforto. “There are ways to do what you did that are within limits. But to go one step further and use what they used is just not okay. It changes everything about the game completely. It's such an old school game. The game has changed with technology, but it's still the game, more or less, that we've been playing in this country for hundreds of years.

"It's such a game, there are so many unwritten rules. But there is definitely a clear line and the fact that they tried to hide it obviously they knew they were doing something that would give them an advantage. I can't imagine this happening in this organization or anywhere else. "

Conforto pointed to Wright and the standard he had set as the Mets captain.

"I don't like to talk about it and I know it will be talked about forever," said Conforto. "But at least we can focus on baseball here, play clean baseball, and they can handle it there the rest of the year because they deserve to deal with it as long as they have to deal with it.

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“The whole thing could have been handled very differently. The best thing for everyone from the start was to get involved, and after the penalties fell, you got caught, got involved, apologized, and showed real respect for everyone who felt the field was uneven because of it … was. & # 39; & # 39;

Ever was. In early September 2017, the Mets played in Houston and lost all three games when the Astros scored 24 runs.

"At that point, we all assumed that they were all superstars," said Conforto, who had a shoulder injury at the time. "I have no doubt that there are still great players in this clubhouse. I don't think you can argue that, but I think [knowing what pitch is coming] makes things a lot easier. Not so much that you don't know where to go, and the move might be a little different, but you can formulate a plan if you think and are smart as soon as possible – like many of these thugs and if you know that one Off-speed pitch is coming, you just won't swing. That changes everything. "

What if a hanging slider is thrown?

"All you have to do is change where you are looking," said Conforto.

The left-hander is ready to roll this spring after moving his training location out of season from the Pacific Northwest to Scottsdale, Arizona.

"I couldn't be happier with the result," said Conforto, who has had a season in which he had career highs in hits (141), Homern (33), RBIs (92) and runs (90)), doubles (29) and stolen bases (seven) and linked his career with 84 walks. “I found a really great gym, lots of one-on-one discussions, a new place that opened up, Conte Sport Performance. They were one to one with me five days a week. "

Conforto, who will be 27 on March 1, was able to work on baseball activities outside in a sunny sky, a big change from the Seattle area.

"There's just so much baseball there," he said of Arizona. "Everyone lives there. It felt like every organization was there. It's just a cool little baseball snow globe, a baseball paradise. It is a game changer. "

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