Rajai Davis still ‘specializes’ in speed, even as the Syracuse Mets’ oldest player at 38

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The International League’s oldest player, Rajai Davis (38), picks up his second steal of the season. Speed causes mistakes. #Syracuse #Mets #MetsTwitter pic.twitter.com/pTh1zMxcAh— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) April 8, 2019 Rajai Davis disobeyed an old baseball adage on Syracuse Mets’ opening day: Don’t make the third out of an inning at third base. The 38-year-old outfielder, standing as the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with Tim Tebow batting, tried to steal third.His head-first slide resulted in a look of disbelief over his left shoulder. The umpire called him out. A manager may have been mad at most players for that costly out. But Tony DeFrancesco shrugged it off, because he trusts Davis.“Rajai’s a veteran,” DeFrancesco said. “He’s got the most stolen bases in the major leagues in the last 10 years. He wanted to be aggressive, and he has the green light.”Davis, even as the Mets’ and International League’s oldest player, is the self-proclaimed fastest player on the roster. He’s stolen 668 bases at a 78.7% clip in his majors and minors career. In an outfield that also includes 35-year-old Gregor Blanco and 33-year-old Carlos Gómez, both major league veterans and base-stealers themselves, Davis is moving quicker than everyone else.“He’s got all his little moves and his things that he does that he practices, and he specializes in it and it’s really cool,” Tebow said of Davis’ base-running.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Retirement wasn’t an option heading into this season for Davis, he said. He spent the off-season at home in Connecticut, where he grew up watching the New York Mets, specifically Darryl Strawberry and Howard Johnson. So when the Mets offered him a contract this off-season, it made sense to join the organization he grew up following.Besides, his son has just gotten old enough to really see Davis play. Jordan Michael, named intentionally because Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls were what Davis called “my team,” is three years old. He wasn’t even one when Davis accomplished maybe the biggest feat of his career.In game seven of the 2016 World Series, Davis kept the Cleveland Indians alive in the ninth inning against Aroldis Chapman. He turned on a ball down the left field line, just over the fence, to tie the game. The veteran known for his speed had temporarily made himself nationally known with his power.That highlight is a source of motivation now, Davis said. He’ll pull out his phone, search up the highlight and take in the moment again. “Relive it, replay it, all the ‘re’s,” he said.“If ever I need a little boost, I got something to pull from, from my archives,” Davis said. “That’s always nice.”Davis feels like he’s 25, not 38. A mindset is all it is, Davis said. He doesn’t wake up with aches and pains like other people his age. It’s more about preparation now, Davis admitted. When he was younger, he could get away with showing up and not worrying about stretching or diet plans.“He does pretty good to be 38. He looks outstanding,” Blanco said. “I was just talking to him about it, it’s amazing. He works pretty hard, every single day and his work ethic is amazing.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorHis veteran status puts him in a mentoring role, something that he said is just who he is. “OTJ” is what Davis called his method: “On the job training.” If he sees something, he’ll address it with the teammate who needs to hear it, nothing more.At Syracuse Mets’ media day, the questions went back-and-forth about Davis’ age and speed. An older player would lose quickness, a reporter suggested. Davis hasn’t started slowing down, though. Gómez and Blanco aren’t speed slouches themselves, combining for 859 professional steals. But as the Mets’ oldest outfielder, Davis still gets hounded about how old he is.“I think they try to joke on me, but until they can run as fast as me,” Davis paused, then winked and grinned. “I’m doing all the laughing.” Comments Published on April 9, 2019 at 10:52 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3last_img read more

Top 15 wage bills in Europe revealed – Man United join Liverpool in top 10

first_img 2018 wage bill – €241m 17 Arsenal secured a lucrative new deal for Mesut Ozil 17 17 7) Juventus 2018 wage bill – €395m 2018 wage bill – €178m 17 14) Tottenham Hotspur 17 2018 wage bill – €256m 17 17 13) Inter Milan 9) Liverpool 2018 wage bill – €131m 17 5) Paris Saint-Germain 17 Using the latest data released by the clubs on the continent, they have been able to rank the top 15 biggest spenders on wages.So, without further ado, scroll down to see the clubs with the highest wages in Europe!15) Leicester City Pep Guardiola has assembled one of the best squads at Europe, but at what cost? 2018 wage bill – €487m 2018 wage bill – €187m With Jose Mourinho’s men sitting in eighth this time around, he is yet to see any significant development from his side. Conversely, Manchester City are riding high at the top of the league once again.They are joined by Chelsea and Arsenal, with the London giants backing their new managers with new signings in the summer.Liverpool spent big to bring in Naby Keita and Alisson Becker from Germany and Italy respectively, while Tottenham Hotspur sealed new contracts for Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son in the past six months.According to British business blogger The Swiss Ramble, Leicester City also join their Premier League counterparts in having one of the biggest wages bills in Europe. 17 11) Borussia Dortmundcenter_img 8) Chelsea 17 17 2018 wage bill – €337m 17 4) Manchester City Liverpool and Manchester United are just two of seven Premier League clubs to make the top 15 clubs in Europe with the biggest wage bills.The Red Devils have splurged big wages on Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez in the last two years in a bid to reclaim their place at the top of English football. 17 17 2018 wage bill – €232m 1) Barcelona 2018 wage bill – €272m 6) Bayern Munich 3) Manchester United 2018 wage bill – €296m 2018 wage bill – €265m 2018 wage bill – €148m 12) Atletico Madrid 17 17 2018 wage bill – €259m 2) Real Madrid 10) Arsenal 2018 wage bill – €156m Not only is #FCBarcelona’s €487m wage bill the highest in Spain, but it is also by some distance the highest in Europe. As a comparison, the top English wages are: #MUFC €337m (€150m lower), #MCFC €300m (€187m lower). pic.twitter.com/OVUFc9cRQa— Swiss Ramble (@SwissRamble) November 13, 2018last_img read more