In a revealing conversation with Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Dominic Smith opened up on his 2022 season that has been littered with trade rumors, slumps, injury, and now, a likely realization that his time with the Mets is coming to an end.
With the trade deadline additions of Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf, the Mets seem to have zeroed in on a platoon that makes Smith’s role obsolete, and given his struggles in the bigs this season, he likely won’t have a spot on the roster, even when his rehab assignment is complete.
But if it is indeed the end, Smith said he is in a much better place to accept that fate than he was earlier in the season.
“With the way I played this year,” Smith told DiComo. “I don’t know if they want to bring me back for how much my contract is.
“I’m just at peace right now.”
Smith told DiComo that journaling has helped him mentally through the constant uncertainty of this season, where he has hit just .194 after a stellar spring training. But even that strong spring start wasn’t enough to earn consistent playing time or escape trade rumors (he was nearly dealt to the Padres), and Smith had a hard time accepting that in the moment.
“I mean, coming out the gate, you sit on the bench for three straight days after having a spring like that?” Smith said. “Who’s going to sit here and be happy about that? Mentally, I was in a bad spot.
“I went through a ton of things off the field this year that people don’t even know about…I was never at a point where I wanted to quit…and it wasn’t even like it had to do with baseball stuff. It was just stuff not going my way in life. I just felt like things couldn’t get worse, and then they seemingly did, and it kept snowballing worse and worse.”
Now, Smith isn’t feeling sorry for himself, and doesn’t want others to either. If he has played his last game in the majors for the Mets, he believes he will still find a way to succeed in the bigs again like he did in 2020.
“I’m not the type of person who wants a pity party or wants people to feel sorry for me,” Smith said. “I just want to go out there and handle my business. When I’m not, I understand that. I’m going to get better.”
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