Eric Young Jr. Takes the High Road

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With Juan Lagares batting leadoff and playing in center field for a second straight game on Friday night against the Rockies, Eric Young Jr. finds himself on the bench again.

“He brought us all in yesterday and said he’s going to do a rotation — some days some guys will be in there, some days you won’t,” Eric Young told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.

“My perspective on it is those aren’t my decisions. It’s up to the manager and the front office. All I can do is be ready when my name is called between the lines, whether it’s starting or coming off the bench. Being in the major leagues, it really doesn’t matter how you get in there. You just want to make sure you contribute when you can.”

Asked if sitting two days in a row might mean it’s less of a rotation and more of him as the fourth outfielder…

“You never know what can happen through the course of the season. But, like I said, why worry about something that I can’t control? All that’s going to do is cloud my mind when I need to really focus on what I can do between the lines.”

Regardless of your thoughts on EY and whether he should be in the lineup everyday or not, I think we can all agree that he’s a proud player of high character who fully buys into the team concept.

I’m one of those who believes his best role is as a fourth outfielder who can give us speed off the bench and¬†occasionally back up Daniel Murphy at second base.

Eric Young is part of what I consider to be a very solid Mets bench and he fills a vital role on this team in that capacity. He’s a good guy and I’m glad we have him.

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