11 Aug Getting to Know Jeff Mcneil
Name: Jeff McNeil
Born: April 8, 1992 in Santa Barbara, California
Drafted: By the New York Mets in the 12th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.
2020 Salary: $617,676
2020 Position: Third Base
How do you like playing in New York? It’s awesome. When you win, it’s definitely the best place to play in all sports. The fans are incredible when they’re behind you. I love it.
What drives you? I want to be the best. I always wanted to be the best since I was a little kid. I always wanted to prove people wrong.
Last season the first half of your season you focused on your average and on the second half you had a lot more homers. Which is the real Jeff McNeil? Hopefully it’s a combination of both, but to me average is more important.
Going into your third MLB season, do you plan on changing any part of your game? I’m going to do the same thing I did last year. I’m not going to change anything. Just go out there and play hard.
How do you like playing so far for your new manager Luis Rojas? A lot of us on the team have played for him in the minors, so we know him. I like him alot!
Do you prefer playing a specific position? Whatever the team wants me to play, I’m good with. This year they want me to play third base, so I’m fine being there. If they want to change that in the middle of the season, I’m fine with that.
Who is one pitcher in MLB history you would have loved to face? Definitely Randy Johnson. Back in his prime, I don’t see anyone being harder to hit than him.
Do you have a favorite stadium? Probably Dodger Stadium just because I grew up going there.
What was your favorite sport growing up? Definitely golf. In high school I played golf, basketball and baseball. I really didn’t play baseball until my senior year of high school. Golf was always my first love.
Favorite athlete in any sport? Tiger Woods. I’ve played golf ever since I was 4 years old. I just remember basically every Sunday, I’d sit in front of the TV and watch him dominate every tournament he was in.
What do you think about your 2020 Mets? We have both the hitting & pitching to get it done. I think we played really well at the end of last season. If everyone stays healthy, and we play the way we’re supposed to, we can bring a World Series back to Queens.