New York Mets manager Buck Showalter offers high praise for Mark Canha



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New York Mets manager Buck Showalter offers high praise for Mark Canha

New York Mets' Mark Canha has gotten off to a good start to the season and in an interview with The Post he tried to explain some of the reasons for his early-season success. “You hear people talk about these things and I’m not sure I really ever fully understood them and how they work,” Canha told The Post prior to the Mets’ contest against the Phillies on Monday night.

“Because balance to me could mean a different thing than it means to J.D. [Davis] or anybody. So it’s finding the way that your body works and how to successfully achieve that. “And direction is another thing that I’ve been working on.

So I’ll notice if I can get my hands feeling like they’re going directly through the middle of the field, then that’s another way of achieving — you can get some good results even if you’re a little off balance or a little of this, a little of that.

So there’s balance, direction, there’s these things I’ve figured out or realized, different things than I’ve focused on in the past”.

Canha praised by Buck Showalter

Canha, 33, is a smart thinker and is trying to figure out how to improve his game.

“It’s trying to figure out, how can I move in such a way that puts me in an advantageous physical position when I land?” he said. “When it’s time to hit, when the ball comes and enters the hitting zone, am I in a good spot?” Mets manager Showalter praised Canha, saying he is someone who gets attention in the locker room when he speaks.

“He just doesn’t waste at-bats,” Showalter said. “He’s kind of an example of what we’d love everything to be. Just continue to grind at-bats. … He’s a pro”. Canha, who played seven seasons for the Oakland Athletics, has gotten off to a good start in New York.

“It’s great,” Showalter said, “what you see from afar and you think somebody’s about, and then you’re with him and they’re actually that”.