Baseball Is Practically a Water Sport to the Mets’ Granderson

“There are always massive amounts of bottles of water everywhere,” said third baseman David Wright, whose spring training locker is next to Granderson’s.

There’s also expansive territory to cover in center field. Granderson may not be ideal as the Mets’ primary player at that position, but he is the best option on a roster with numerous corner outfielders. And despite an uneven 2016 season, when he hit .237, he clobbered 30 home runs, second only to Yoenis Cespedes on the Mets, and drew a team-high 74 walks.

Since signing a four-year, $60 million deal with the Mets before the 2014 season, Granderson has primarily played in right. But with another right fielder, Jay Bruce, back for 2017 and Conforto in the mix, Granderson will be asked to man center — with some help from defensive-minded outfielder Juan Lagares, who suffered a strained left oblique on Saturday. The last time Granderson played more than 100 games in center field was 2012, when he was with the Yankees.

“He does keep himself in great shape, but the wear and tear of playing center field is going to be tough on his legs at times,” said the Mets’ manager, Terry Collins.

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For Granderson, center, the routine for staying in tip-top condition at 36 includes water, and lots of it.

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Which is where the water comes in. Granderson’s recent track record is proof of how much care he puts into staying healthy. With the Mets, over the last three years, he has averaged 154 games a season — as many as he did in his mid-20s, when he played center for the Detroit Tigers.

“I’m the oldest guy here with the Mets,” he said. “I never thought I’d be saying that with any team I’d be on.”

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