Dominic Smith On WFAN: J.D. Davis Was 'Very Honest' With Us

Met Discusses Astros Scandal, Adjustment To Outfield

Moose & Maggie
March 04, 2020 - 12:32 pm

Like many of the young players on the Mets' roster, Dominic Smith was looking forward to the addition of Carlos Beltran to the coaching staff.

Beltran, however, would never manage a game for the Mets. He was fired during the offseason for his involvement in the Astros' infamous sign-stealing scandal, which left Smith with a feeling of shock, and the Mets named Luis Rojas as his successor. Mets' outfielder/infielder J.D. Davis was a part of the 2017 Astros team facing scrutiny from a handful of players around MLB. 

Smith, 24, told WFAN's Marc Malusis and Maggie Gray that Davis was "very honest" when he discussed the Astros' scheme, which used technology to transmit and decode signs to their batters. 

"It was all jokes from the very beginning because he was very honest when he came over here with us," Smith said. "We kind of had an idea of some of the things they were doing. We just made a light joke of it. Obviously it sucks for the game. It sucks for the people affected by it. It's not good for the game at all, but it is what it is. It's a new season here, and he's a part of us. We welcome him with open arms, him and Jake (Marisnick, who also played for the Astros). We love those guys, and we hope they can help us win a World Series."

Davis spent the first two years of his MLB career in Houston before he was traded to New York last season. The 26-year-old addressed his "regrettable" actions and the shame he felt to be a part of the scheme prior to spring training with the intentions of moving forward. Davis' teammates have already put it in the past. 

Smith revealed his fellow teammate was the subject various GIFs, memes and jokes in the players text thread shared amongst the Mets. 

"We definitely did make fun of it, especially with J.D. being an ex-Astro and stuff like that," Smith said. "We let him have it a little bit, but we try to make everything fun through the ups and downs, the good times and bad times, and with that moment, we made the most of it.

"They have a ton of GIFs," Smith continued. "You know trash can GIFs and just fun little things like that. We send them all in there. The buzzer stuff. We all do crazy workouts in the offseason and we just send little pictures wearing stuff while we're working out just to tease him a little bit."

Smith tallied 11 home runs, setting a career high, and 25 RBIs in 89 games last season. He prides himself on a team-first mentality and believes any frustration over playing time would impact the output on the field and any potential opportunity. As he relinquished first base to slugger Pete Alonso last season, Smith and the Mets experimented in the outfield. 

"I've definitly gotten more comfortable playing left field over the last couple times of me being out there," Smith said. "It takes some time especially going from infield only to playing outfield at the highest level. The balls carry more. Guys are just bigger and stronger, and they hit the ball pretty hard.

"My first little stint in the outfield, I was amazed on how tough it actually was playing outfield," Smith added. "I give a lot of great outfielders credit because it's tough to go out there and track fly balls, re-spin and stuff like that, but I think over the last two years playing on and off out there it just helped me this year feel more comfortable."