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Dodger Stadium’s New Menus Are a Major League Grand Slam

Dodger Stadium’s New Menus Are a Major League Grand Slam


Let’s go, Dodgers! Dodger baseball fans may be coming for the playoff games (and, fingers crossed, the 2017 World Series), but stadium food fans come for the grub. And judging by record-setting sales figures, it’s a mouth-watering grand slam.

Tasty temptation choices are now vast, though traditionalists may not be willing to forego Dodger Stadium’s iconic steamed or grilled Farmer John hot dogs. The stadium’s food provider, Levy Restaurants, expects to sell seven million Dodger Dogs this year. But that is (ahem) a ballpark figure.

What they’re really selling is what Angelinos really want: New-fangled hot dogs, Mexican, Japanese, Vietnamese, vegetarian, gluten-free foods, and guilty-pleasure munchies. There’s a private menu at the posh Lexus Club House and the new “Taste of L.A.” menu is an international street-food fiesta serving up grilled mole beef skewers, Vietnamese spring rolls, chilled ramen salad, sushi, mezze boards, chicken adobo sliders, and multi-ethnic food-truck-style wraps. “We’re bringing new flair,” says Ryan Evans, the stadium’s new executive chef.

These new options are just a taste of what Dodger fans are gobbling up this season:

Extreme Loaded Dogs: Traditionalists assure that hot dogs still lead the pack but now that’s happening in new and awesome ways. The stadium’s Extreme Loaded Dogs venues raise the stakes and cholesterol levels with toppings like blue cheese, slaw and wing sauce, or mac ‘n’ cheese ‘n’ Fritos, and the new the Spicy Pork Bratwurst link, infused with Shock Top beer then topped with caramelized onions and spicy brown mustard.

BaseBowls: The bowl craze has hit Dodger Stadium with Hawaii-style bowls featuring Ahi Tuna poke over rice, topped with vegetables, wakame, and ponzu sauce; or Kalua Pork with green cabbage and a sweet chili sauce. The Teriyaki Chicken Bowl comes with rice, steamed broccoli, and pineapple; and the Vietnamese Rice Noodle Bowl is topped with a savory peanut sauce and fresh vegetables.

Meatball Mania: Food on a stick is always a good idea and this meatball stand had a brainstorm coming up with its new trio of grilled-and-skewered goodies: classic beef with marinara, chicken with chili verde and savory Thai pork with ginger-soy sauce.

Kings Hawaiian Grill: At the most carnivorous end of the caloric scale, this new BBQ joint piles on the meat with smoked wings, pulled-pork, and a party-sized brisket platter, plus an iconic Dodger dog topped with a heaping helping of smoked pulled pork.

Lots of Tots: Standard fries are benched this season by cups of garlicky and chili-cheesy tater tots, as well as the new, marinated Chicken Bites, tossed in Buffalo sauce, or served naked with a side of Morehouse Honey Mustard.

Trolley Dodger Treats: One thing previously underrepresented in the Dodger Stadium food venue options was a premium dessert stand – now corrected with this new desserts-only stand which serves sweet treats including Stumptown coffee floats, and makes classic fair fare to order, such as funnel cake, glazed churros, and deep-fried Twinkies and Oreos. Churros are also made-to-order, then are drizzled with chocolate, and topped with Dodger-blue and white sprinkles.

Marketplace: No meat? No carbs? No dairy? No gluten? No problem. Dodger Stadium is one of the country’s most vegetarian-friendly ballparks, in fact, PETA voted it #1 in 2015. Healthy options include vegan tempeh sloppy Janes; Mediterranean quinoa salad; and strawberry and beets Salad; and grilled vegetable flatbread.

Perhaps the biggest food news of the 2017 Dodgers season is a dare worthy of professional competitive eaters: the new third-pound Dodger Burger. The burger behemoth is topped with onions, jalapeno poppers, Budweiser BBQ sauce, and – drum roll please -- an entire Dodger Dog, split end-to-end. The calorie count? Don’t ask.

The new executive chef has also been throwing some curveballs in his first Dodgers season, with food specials created and served for a limited-time only. For the Mets matchup, for instance, the Big City Dog was an all-beef hot dog with sauerkraut, green apples (get it?), and whole-grain Dijon. For the Milwaukee series, the special was poutine, topped with beef gravy, cheese curds, garlic aioli, and green onions. For a look at all the special foods currently being served for the Major League Division Series – including the Carnitas Waffle Fries and something orange and corny called a Cheet-O-Lote.

Leaving a good taste in everyone’s mouths, Dodger Stadium and Levy Restaurants thoughtfully donates its leftover food after every event. They’re teamed up with The Midnight Mission which offers food, housing, and a path to self-sufficiency to men, women and children who have lost everything. Their emergency services, 12-step philosophy, job training, education and work programs offers Los Angeles’ homeless community a compassionate bridge to productive lives.


Conforto represented the Northwest Region in the Little League World Series in 2004. [5] He attended Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington where he was an honor roll student. [6] He played shortstop on the baseball team and quarterback and safety on the football team. As a football player, Conforto was recruited by Ivy League schools. [7] Meanwhile, Conforto received offers to play baseball at Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Oregon State. [8]

As a freshman at Oregon State University in 2012, Conforto hit .349/.437/.601 with 13 home runs and 76 runs batted in (RBI) over 58 games. His 76 RBI were an Oregon State single-season record. [9] He was named Freshman Hitter of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. [10] [11] During the summer he played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. [12] As a sophomore in 2013, Conforto hit .328/.447/.526 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 65 games. He helped lead the team to the College World Series, where he went 7 for 16 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. [13] He was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and was named a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). [14] [15] He again played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during the summer in 2013. [16] Prior to the 2014 season, he was named the preseason Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year. [17] He finished the season hitting .345/.504/.547 with seven home runs and 56 RBI in 59 games. He again was named the Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Year. [18] He was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. [19] [20]

Minor league career Edit

The New York Mets selected Conforto in the first round, with the 10th overall selection, of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. [21] Conforto signed with the Mets on July 11, 2014, receiving a $2,970,800 signing bonus. [22] He played for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League after he signed. [23]

Conforto started the 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League on June 26, 2015. On July 12, 2015 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, he started in left field for the United States team at the All-Star Futures Game and collected two hits and one assist. [24]

Major league career Edit

On July 24, 2015, the Mets promoted Conforto to the major leagues. [25] He made his debut later that day, picking up his first major league RBI on a groundout, but going 0-3 while becoming the 1000th player to appear in a game for the Mets. [26] The next day, he collected his first major league hit -an RBI infield hit- as part of a 4 hit game. [27] He hit his first major-league home run on August 3 off Marlins' starter Tom Koehler. [28] He finished the season with 9 home runs in 56 games played. [29] The Mets won the 2015 National League pennant, making Conforto the third player in history to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series, along with pitcher Ed Vosberg and catcher Jason Varitek. [30] Conforto hit two home runs in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series, becoming the first rookie to homer twice in a world series game since Andruw Jones in the 1996 World Series. [31]

Entering 2016, Conforto became the Mets everyday left fielder. After a torrid start in April, Conforto began to slump once May came. From May 1 to June 25, 2016, Conforto's batting average dipped to .130. On June 25, the Mets demoted Conforto to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and called up Brandon Nimmo. [29] He was recalled on July 18 to the Mets. [32] After his return to the Mets, Conforto began playing both corner outfield positions. He made his major league debut in center field on July 23, 2016 as a defensive replacement. For the season, he batted .220/.310/.414 for the Mets. [33]

Conforto started the 2017 season as the Mets fourth outfielder but worked his way to a starting job. He was selected to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami after hitting .285/.405/.548 through the first half. [34] On August 24, his suffered a season-ending injury during a swing after he dislocated his left shoulder and tore his posterior capsule. [35] He elected to have surgery on September 2. [36] For the 2017 season, Conforto hit 27 home runs with 68 RBIs and a .279 average.

In 2018, Conforto hit .243 and led the Mets with 28 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 78 runs scored.

On May 28, 2019, Conforto hit his first major league grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. [37] He finished the season with a .257 average, .856 OPS, and career highs in home runs (33) and RBIs (92). [38]

In 2020 for the Mets, Conforto played in 54 games, batting .322/.412/.515 with 9 home runs and 31 RBI.

In April 2021, Conforto was the batter during an extremely rare walk-off hit by pitch to win a game against the Miami Marlins. With the bases loaded and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, Conforto's elbow was grazed by pitcher Anthony Bass, albeit on a clear strike where camera footage seemed to show Conforto recklessly extending his elbow into the pitch. The HBP call was controversial, with umpire Ron Kulpa saying after the game he felt his own call was in error after reviewing the footage, and Conforto should have been charged with a strike due to an insufficient attempt to avoid the pitch. [39]

His mother, Tracie Conforto (née Ruiz) is a three-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, [40] and his father, Mike, an Italian American, [41] played inside linebacker at Penn State. [42] His sister, Jacqueline, played soccer at Azusa Pacific University. [8]


Conforto represented the Northwest Region in the Little League World Series in 2004. [5] He attended Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington where he was an honor roll student. [6] He played shortstop on the baseball team and quarterback and safety on the football team. As a football player, Conforto was recruited by Ivy League schools. [7] Meanwhile, Conforto received offers to play baseball at Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Oregon State. [8]

As a freshman at Oregon State University in 2012, Conforto hit .349/.437/.601 with 13 home runs and 76 runs batted in (RBI) over 58 games. His 76 RBI were an Oregon State single-season record. [9] He was named Freshman Hitter of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. [10] [11] During the summer he played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. [12] As a sophomore in 2013, Conforto hit .328/.447/.526 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 65 games. He helped lead the team to the College World Series, where he went 7 for 16 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. [13] He was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and was named a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). [14] [15] He again played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during the summer in 2013. [16] Prior to the 2014 season, he was named the preseason Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year. [17] He finished the season hitting .345/.504/.547 with seven home runs and 56 RBI in 59 games. He again was named the Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Year. [18] He was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. [19] [20]

Minor league career Edit

The New York Mets selected Conforto in the first round, with the 10th overall selection, of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. [21] Conforto signed with the Mets on July 11, 2014, receiving a $2,970,800 signing bonus. [22] He played for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League after he signed. [23]

Conforto started the 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League on June 26, 2015. On July 12, 2015 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, he started in left field for the United States team at the All-Star Futures Game and collected two hits and one assist. [24]

Major league career Edit

On July 24, 2015, the Mets promoted Conforto to the major leagues. [25] He made his debut later that day, picking up his first major league RBI on a groundout, but going 0-3 while becoming the 1000th player to appear in a game for the Mets. [26] The next day, he collected his first major league hit -an RBI infield hit- as part of a 4 hit game. [27] He hit his first major-league home run on August 3 off Marlins' starter Tom Koehler. [28] He finished the season with 9 home runs in 56 games played. [29] The Mets won the 2015 National League pennant, making Conforto the third player in history to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series, along with pitcher Ed Vosberg and catcher Jason Varitek. [30] Conforto hit two home runs in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series, becoming the first rookie to homer twice in a world series game since Andruw Jones in the 1996 World Series. [31]

Entering 2016, Conforto became the Mets everyday left fielder. After a torrid start in April, Conforto began to slump once May came. From May 1 to June 25, 2016, Conforto's batting average dipped to .130. On June 25, the Mets demoted Conforto to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and called up Brandon Nimmo. [29] He was recalled on July 18 to the Mets. [32] After his return to the Mets, Conforto began playing both corner outfield positions. He made his major league debut in center field on July 23, 2016 as a defensive replacement. For the season, he batted .220/.310/.414 for the Mets. [33]

Conforto started the 2017 season as the Mets fourth outfielder but worked his way to a starting job. He was selected to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami after hitting .285/.405/.548 through the first half. [34] On August 24, his suffered a season-ending injury during a swing after he dislocated his left shoulder and tore his posterior capsule. [35] He elected to have surgery on September 2. [36] For the 2017 season, Conforto hit 27 home runs with 68 RBIs and a .279 average.

In 2018, Conforto hit .243 and led the Mets with 28 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 78 runs scored.

On May 28, 2019, Conforto hit his first major league grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. [37] He finished the season with a .257 average, .856 OPS, and career highs in home runs (33) and RBIs (92). [38]

In 2020 for the Mets, Conforto played in 54 games, batting .322/.412/.515 with 9 home runs and 31 RBI.

In April 2021, Conforto was the batter during an extremely rare walk-off hit by pitch to win a game against the Miami Marlins. With the bases loaded and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, Conforto's elbow was grazed by pitcher Anthony Bass, albeit on a clear strike where camera footage seemed to show Conforto recklessly extending his elbow into the pitch. The HBP call was controversial, with umpire Ron Kulpa saying after the game he felt his own call was in error after reviewing the footage, and Conforto should have been charged with a strike due to an insufficient attempt to avoid the pitch. [39]

His mother, Tracie Conforto (née Ruiz) is a three-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, [40] and his father, Mike, an Italian American, [41] played inside linebacker at Penn State. [42] His sister, Jacqueline, played soccer at Azusa Pacific University. [8]


Conforto represented the Northwest Region in the Little League World Series in 2004. [5] He attended Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington where he was an honor roll student. [6] He played shortstop on the baseball team and quarterback and safety on the football team. As a football player, Conforto was recruited by Ivy League schools. [7] Meanwhile, Conforto received offers to play baseball at Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Oregon State. [8]

As a freshman at Oregon State University in 2012, Conforto hit .349/.437/.601 with 13 home runs and 76 runs batted in (RBI) over 58 games. His 76 RBI were an Oregon State single-season record. [9] He was named Freshman Hitter of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. [10] [11] During the summer he played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. [12] As a sophomore in 2013, Conforto hit .328/.447/.526 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 65 games. He helped lead the team to the College World Series, where he went 7 for 16 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. [13] He was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and was named a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). [14] [15] He again played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during the summer in 2013. [16] Prior to the 2014 season, he was named the preseason Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year. [17] He finished the season hitting .345/.504/.547 with seven home runs and 56 RBI in 59 games. He again was named the Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Year. [18] He was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. [19] [20]

Minor league career Edit

The New York Mets selected Conforto in the first round, with the 10th overall selection, of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. [21] Conforto signed with the Mets on July 11, 2014, receiving a $2,970,800 signing bonus. [22] He played for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League after he signed. [23]

Conforto started the 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League on June 26, 2015. On July 12, 2015 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, he started in left field for the United States team at the All-Star Futures Game and collected two hits and one assist. [24]

Major league career Edit

On July 24, 2015, the Mets promoted Conforto to the major leagues. [25] He made his debut later that day, picking up his first major league RBI on a groundout, but going 0-3 while becoming the 1000th player to appear in a game for the Mets. [26] The next day, he collected his first major league hit -an RBI infield hit- as part of a 4 hit game. [27] He hit his first major-league home run on August 3 off Marlins' starter Tom Koehler. [28] He finished the season with 9 home runs in 56 games played. [29] The Mets won the 2015 National League pennant, making Conforto the third player in history to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series, along with pitcher Ed Vosberg and catcher Jason Varitek. [30] Conforto hit two home runs in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series, becoming the first rookie to homer twice in a world series game since Andruw Jones in the 1996 World Series. [31]

Entering 2016, Conforto became the Mets everyday left fielder. After a torrid start in April, Conforto began to slump once May came. From May 1 to June 25, 2016, Conforto's batting average dipped to .130. On June 25, the Mets demoted Conforto to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and called up Brandon Nimmo. [29] He was recalled on July 18 to the Mets. [32] After his return to the Mets, Conforto began playing both corner outfield positions. He made his major league debut in center field on July 23, 2016 as a defensive replacement. For the season, he batted .220/.310/.414 for the Mets. [33]

Conforto started the 2017 season as the Mets fourth outfielder but worked his way to a starting job. He was selected to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami after hitting .285/.405/.548 through the first half. [34] On August 24, his suffered a season-ending injury during a swing after he dislocated his left shoulder and tore his posterior capsule. [35] He elected to have surgery on September 2. [36] For the 2017 season, Conforto hit 27 home runs with 68 RBIs and a .279 average.

In 2018, Conforto hit .243 and led the Mets with 28 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 78 runs scored.

On May 28, 2019, Conforto hit his first major league grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. [37] He finished the season with a .257 average, .856 OPS, and career highs in home runs (33) and RBIs (92). [38]

In 2020 for the Mets, Conforto played in 54 games, batting .322/.412/.515 with 9 home runs and 31 RBI.

In April 2021, Conforto was the batter during an extremely rare walk-off hit by pitch to win a game against the Miami Marlins. With the bases loaded and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, Conforto's elbow was grazed by pitcher Anthony Bass, albeit on a clear strike where camera footage seemed to show Conforto recklessly extending his elbow into the pitch. The HBP call was controversial, with umpire Ron Kulpa saying after the game he felt his own call was in error after reviewing the footage, and Conforto should have been charged with a strike due to an insufficient attempt to avoid the pitch. [39]

His mother, Tracie Conforto (née Ruiz) is a three-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, [40] and his father, Mike, an Italian American, [41] played inside linebacker at Penn State. [42] His sister, Jacqueline, played soccer at Azusa Pacific University. [8]


Conforto represented the Northwest Region in the Little League World Series in 2004. [5] He attended Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington where he was an honor roll student. [6] He played shortstop on the baseball team and quarterback and safety on the football team. As a football player, Conforto was recruited by Ivy League schools. [7] Meanwhile, Conforto received offers to play baseball at Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Oregon State. [8]

As a freshman at Oregon State University in 2012, Conforto hit .349/.437/.601 with 13 home runs and 76 runs batted in (RBI) over 58 games. His 76 RBI were an Oregon State single-season record. [9] He was named Freshman Hitter of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. [10] [11] During the summer he played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. [12] As a sophomore in 2013, Conforto hit .328/.447/.526 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 65 games. He helped lead the team to the College World Series, where he went 7 for 16 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. [13] He was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and was named a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). [14] [15] He again played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during the summer in 2013. [16] Prior to the 2014 season, he was named the preseason Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year. [17] He finished the season hitting .345/.504/.547 with seven home runs and 56 RBI in 59 games. He again was named the Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Year. [18] He was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. [19] [20]

Minor league career Edit

The New York Mets selected Conforto in the first round, with the 10th overall selection, of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. [21] Conforto signed with the Mets on July 11, 2014, receiving a $2,970,800 signing bonus. [22] He played for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League after he signed. [23]

Conforto started the 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League on June 26, 2015. On July 12, 2015 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, he started in left field for the United States team at the All-Star Futures Game and collected two hits and one assist. [24]

Major league career Edit

On July 24, 2015, the Mets promoted Conforto to the major leagues. [25] He made his debut later that day, picking up his first major league RBI on a groundout, but going 0-3 while becoming the 1000th player to appear in a game for the Mets. [26] The next day, he collected his first major league hit -an RBI infield hit- as part of a 4 hit game. [27] He hit his first major-league home run on August 3 off Marlins' starter Tom Koehler. [28] He finished the season with 9 home runs in 56 games played. [29] The Mets won the 2015 National League pennant, making Conforto the third player in history to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series, along with pitcher Ed Vosberg and catcher Jason Varitek. [30] Conforto hit two home runs in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series, becoming the first rookie to homer twice in a world series game since Andruw Jones in the 1996 World Series. [31]

Entering 2016, Conforto became the Mets everyday left fielder. After a torrid start in April, Conforto began to slump once May came. From May 1 to June 25, 2016, Conforto's batting average dipped to .130. On June 25, the Mets demoted Conforto to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and called up Brandon Nimmo. [29] He was recalled on July 18 to the Mets. [32] After his return to the Mets, Conforto began playing both corner outfield positions. He made his major league debut in center field on July 23, 2016 as a defensive replacement. For the season, he batted .220/.310/.414 for the Mets. [33]

Conforto started the 2017 season as the Mets fourth outfielder but worked his way to a starting job. He was selected to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami after hitting .285/.405/.548 through the first half. [34] On August 24, his suffered a season-ending injury during a swing after he dislocated his left shoulder and tore his posterior capsule. [35] He elected to have surgery on September 2. [36] For the 2017 season, Conforto hit 27 home runs with 68 RBIs and a .279 average.

In 2018, Conforto hit .243 and led the Mets with 28 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 78 runs scored.

On May 28, 2019, Conforto hit his first major league grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. [37] He finished the season with a .257 average, .856 OPS, and career highs in home runs (33) and RBIs (92). [38]

In 2020 for the Mets, Conforto played in 54 games, batting .322/.412/.515 with 9 home runs and 31 RBI.

In April 2021, Conforto was the batter during an extremely rare walk-off hit by pitch to win a game against the Miami Marlins. With the bases loaded and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, Conforto's elbow was grazed by pitcher Anthony Bass, albeit on a clear strike where camera footage seemed to show Conforto recklessly extending his elbow into the pitch. The HBP call was controversial, with umpire Ron Kulpa saying after the game he felt his own call was in error after reviewing the footage, and Conforto should have been charged with a strike due to an insufficient attempt to avoid the pitch. [39]

His mother, Tracie Conforto (née Ruiz) is a three-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, [40] and his father, Mike, an Italian American, [41] played inside linebacker at Penn State. [42] His sister, Jacqueline, played soccer at Azusa Pacific University. [8]


Conforto represented the Northwest Region in the Little League World Series in 2004. [5] He attended Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington where he was an honor roll student. [6] He played shortstop on the baseball team and quarterback and safety on the football team. As a football player, Conforto was recruited by Ivy League schools. [7] Meanwhile, Conforto received offers to play baseball at Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Oregon State. [8]

As a freshman at Oregon State University in 2012, Conforto hit .349/.437/.601 with 13 home runs and 76 runs batted in (RBI) over 58 games. His 76 RBI were an Oregon State single-season record. [9] He was named Freshman Hitter of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. [10] [11] During the summer he played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. [12] As a sophomore in 2013, Conforto hit .328/.447/.526 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 65 games. He helped lead the team to the College World Series, where he went 7 for 16 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. [13] He was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and was named a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). [14] [15] He again played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during the summer in 2013. [16] Prior to the 2014 season, he was named the preseason Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year. [17] He finished the season hitting .345/.504/.547 with seven home runs and 56 RBI in 59 games. He again was named the Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Year. [18] He was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. [19] [20]

Minor league career Edit

The New York Mets selected Conforto in the first round, with the 10th overall selection, of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. [21] Conforto signed with the Mets on July 11, 2014, receiving a $2,970,800 signing bonus. [22] He played for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League after he signed. [23]

Conforto started the 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League on June 26, 2015. On July 12, 2015 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, he started in left field for the United States team at the All-Star Futures Game and collected two hits and one assist. [24]

Major league career Edit

On July 24, 2015, the Mets promoted Conforto to the major leagues. [25] He made his debut later that day, picking up his first major league RBI on a groundout, but going 0-3 while becoming the 1000th player to appear in a game for the Mets. [26] The next day, he collected his first major league hit -an RBI infield hit- as part of a 4 hit game. [27] He hit his first major-league home run on August 3 off Marlins' starter Tom Koehler. [28] He finished the season with 9 home runs in 56 games played. [29] The Mets won the 2015 National League pennant, making Conforto the third player in history to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series, along with pitcher Ed Vosberg and catcher Jason Varitek. [30] Conforto hit two home runs in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series, becoming the first rookie to homer twice in a world series game since Andruw Jones in the 1996 World Series. [31]

Entering 2016, Conforto became the Mets everyday left fielder. After a torrid start in April, Conforto began to slump once May came. From May 1 to June 25, 2016, Conforto's batting average dipped to .130. On June 25, the Mets demoted Conforto to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and called up Brandon Nimmo. [29] He was recalled on July 18 to the Mets. [32] After his return to the Mets, Conforto began playing both corner outfield positions. He made his major league debut in center field on July 23, 2016 as a defensive replacement. For the season, he batted .220/.310/.414 for the Mets. [33]

Conforto started the 2017 season as the Mets fourth outfielder but worked his way to a starting job. He was selected to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami after hitting .285/.405/.548 through the first half. [34] On August 24, his suffered a season-ending injury during a swing after he dislocated his left shoulder and tore his posterior capsule. [35] He elected to have surgery on September 2. [36] For the 2017 season, Conforto hit 27 home runs with 68 RBIs and a .279 average.

In 2018, Conforto hit .243 and led the Mets with 28 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 78 runs scored.

On May 28, 2019, Conforto hit his first major league grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. [37] He finished the season with a .257 average, .856 OPS, and career highs in home runs (33) and RBIs (92). [38]

In 2020 for the Mets, Conforto played in 54 games, batting .322/.412/.515 with 9 home runs and 31 RBI.

In April 2021, Conforto was the batter during an extremely rare walk-off hit by pitch to win a game against the Miami Marlins. With the bases loaded and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, Conforto's elbow was grazed by pitcher Anthony Bass, albeit on a clear strike where camera footage seemed to show Conforto recklessly extending his elbow into the pitch. The HBP call was controversial, with umpire Ron Kulpa saying after the game he felt his own call was in error after reviewing the footage, and Conforto should have been charged with a strike due to an insufficient attempt to avoid the pitch. [39]

His mother, Tracie Conforto (née Ruiz) is a three-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, [40] and his father, Mike, an Italian American, [41] played inside linebacker at Penn State. [42] His sister, Jacqueline, played soccer at Azusa Pacific University. [8]


Conforto represented the Northwest Region in the Little League World Series in 2004. [5] He attended Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington where he was an honor roll student. [6] He played shortstop on the baseball team and quarterback and safety on the football team. As a football player, Conforto was recruited by Ivy League schools. [7] Meanwhile, Conforto received offers to play baseball at Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Oregon State. [8]

As a freshman at Oregon State University in 2012, Conforto hit .349/.437/.601 with 13 home runs and 76 runs batted in (RBI) over 58 games. His 76 RBI were an Oregon State single-season record. [9] He was named Freshman Hitter of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. [10] [11] During the summer he played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. [12] As a sophomore in 2013, Conforto hit .328/.447/.526 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 65 games. He helped lead the team to the College World Series, where he went 7 for 16 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. [13] He was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and was named a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). [14] [15] He again played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during the summer in 2013. [16] Prior to the 2014 season, he was named the preseason Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year. [17] He finished the season hitting .345/.504/.547 with seven home runs and 56 RBI in 59 games. He again was named the Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Year. [18] He was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. [19] [20]

Minor league career Edit

The New York Mets selected Conforto in the first round, with the 10th overall selection, of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. [21] Conforto signed with the Mets on July 11, 2014, receiving a $2,970,800 signing bonus. [22] He played for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League after he signed. [23]

Conforto started the 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League on June 26, 2015. On July 12, 2015 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, he started in left field for the United States team at the All-Star Futures Game and collected two hits and one assist. [24]

Major league career Edit

On July 24, 2015, the Mets promoted Conforto to the major leagues. [25] He made his debut later that day, picking up his first major league RBI on a groundout, but going 0-3 while becoming the 1000th player to appear in a game for the Mets. [26] The next day, he collected his first major league hit -an RBI infield hit- as part of a 4 hit game. [27] He hit his first major-league home run on August 3 off Marlins' starter Tom Koehler. [28] He finished the season with 9 home runs in 56 games played. [29] The Mets won the 2015 National League pennant, making Conforto the third player in history to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series, along with pitcher Ed Vosberg and catcher Jason Varitek. [30] Conforto hit two home runs in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series, becoming the first rookie to homer twice in a world series game since Andruw Jones in the 1996 World Series. [31]

Entering 2016, Conforto became the Mets everyday left fielder. After a torrid start in April, Conforto began to slump once May came. From May 1 to June 25, 2016, Conforto's batting average dipped to .130. On June 25, the Mets demoted Conforto to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and called up Brandon Nimmo. [29] He was recalled on July 18 to the Mets. [32] After his return to the Mets, Conforto began playing both corner outfield positions. He made his major league debut in center field on July 23, 2016 as a defensive replacement. For the season, he batted .220/.310/.414 for the Mets. [33]

Conforto started the 2017 season as the Mets fourth outfielder but worked his way to a starting job. He was selected to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami after hitting .285/.405/.548 through the first half. [34] On August 24, his suffered a season-ending injury during a swing after he dislocated his left shoulder and tore his posterior capsule. [35] He elected to have surgery on September 2. [36] For the 2017 season, Conforto hit 27 home runs with 68 RBIs and a .279 average.

In 2018, Conforto hit .243 and led the Mets with 28 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 78 runs scored.

On May 28, 2019, Conforto hit his first major league grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. [37] He finished the season with a .257 average, .856 OPS, and career highs in home runs (33) and RBIs (92). [38]

In 2020 for the Mets, Conforto played in 54 games, batting .322/.412/.515 with 9 home runs and 31 RBI.

In April 2021, Conforto was the batter during an extremely rare walk-off hit by pitch to win a game against the Miami Marlins. With the bases loaded and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, Conforto's elbow was grazed by pitcher Anthony Bass, albeit on a clear strike where camera footage seemed to show Conforto recklessly extending his elbow into the pitch. The HBP call was controversial, with umpire Ron Kulpa saying after the game he felt his own call was in error after reviewing the footage, and Conforto should have been charged with a strike due to an insufficient attempt to avoid the pitch. [39]

His mother, Tracie Conforto (née Ruiz) is a three-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, [40] and his father, Mike, an Italian American, [41] played inside linebacker at Penn State. [42] His sister, Jacqueline, played soccer at Azusa Pacific University. [8]


Conforto represented the Northwest Region in the Little League World Series in 2004. [5] He attended Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington where he was an honor roll student. [6] He played shortstop on the baseball team and quarterback and safety on the football team. As a football player, Conforto was recruited by Ivy League schools. [7] Meanwhile, Conforto received offers to play baseball at Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Oregon State. [8]

As a freshman at Oregon State University in 2012, Conforto hit .349/.437/.601 with 13 home runs and 76 runs batted in (RBI) over 58 games. His 76 RBI were an Oregon State single-season record. [9] He was named Freshman Hitter of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. [10] [11] During the summer he played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. [12] As a sophomore in 2013, Conforto hit .328/.447/.526 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 65 games. He helped lead the team to the College World Series, where he went 7 for 16 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. [13] He was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and was named a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). [14] [15] He again played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during the summer in 2013. [16] Prior to the 2014 season, he was named the preseason Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year. [17] He finished the season hitting .345/.504/.547 with seven home runs and 56 RBI in 59 games. He again was named the Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Year. [18] He was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. [19] [20]

Minor league career Edit

The New York Mets selected Conforto in the first round, with the 10th overall selection, of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. [21] Conforto signed with the Mets on July 11, 2014, receiving a $2,970,800 signing bonus. [22] He played for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League after he signed. [23]

Conforto started the 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League on June 26, 2015. On July 12, 2015 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, he started in left field for the United States team at the All-Star Futures Game and collected two hits and one assist. [24]

Major league career Edit

On July 24, 2015, the Mets promoted Conforto to the major leagues. [25] He made his debut later that day, picking up his first major league RBI on a groundout, but going 0-3 while becoming the 1000th player to appear in a game for the Mets. [26] The next day, he collected his first major league hit -an RBI infield hit- as part of a 4 hit game. [27] He hit his first major-league home run on August 3 off Marlins' starter Tom Koehler. [28] He finished the season with 9 home runs in 56 games played. [29] The Mets won the 2015 National League pennant, making Conforto the third player in history to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series, along with pitcher Ed Vosberg and catcher Jason Varitek. [30] Conforto hit two home runs in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series, becoming the first rookie to homer twice in a world series game since Andruw Jones in the 1996 World Series. [31]

Entering 2016, Conforto became the Mets everyday left fielder. After a torrid start in April, Conforto began to slump once May came. From May 1 to June 25, 2016, Conforto's batting average dipped to .130. On June 25, the Mets demoted Conforto to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and called up Brandon Nimmo. [29] He was recalled on July 18 to the Mets. [32] After his return to the Mets, Conforto began playing both corner outfield positions. He made his major league debut in center field on July 23, 2016 as a defensive replacement. For the season, he batted .220/.310/.414 for the Mets. [33]

Conforto started the 2017 season as the Mets fourth outfielder but worked his way to a starting job. He was selected to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami after hitting .285/.405/.548 through the first half. [34] On August 24, his suffered a season-ending injury during a swing after he dislocated his left shoulder and tore his posterior capsule. [35] He elected to have surgery on September 2. [36] For the 2017 season, Conforto hit 27 home runs with 68 RBIs and a .279 average.

In 2018, Conforto hit .243 and led the Mets with 28 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 78 runs scored.

On May 28, 2019, Conforto hit his first major league grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. [37] He finished the season with a .257 average, .856 OPS, and career highs in home runs (33) and RBIs (92). [38]

In 2020 for the Mets, Conforto played in 54 games, batting .322/.412/.515 with 9 home runs and 31 RBI.

In April 2021, Conforto was the batter during an extremely rare walk-off hit by pitch to win a game against the Miami Marlins. With the bases loaded and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, Conforto's elbow was grazed by pitcher Anthony Bass, albeit on a clear strike where camera footage seemed to show Conforto recklessly extending his elbow into the pitch. The HBP call was controversial, with umpire Ron Kulpa saying after the game he felt his own call was in error after reviewing the footage, and Conforto should have been charged with a strike due to an insufficient attempt to avoid the pitch. [39]

His mother, Tracie Conforto (née Ruiz) is a three-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, [40] and his father, Mike, an Italian American, [41] played inside linebacker at Penn State. [42] His sister, Jacqueline, played soccer at Azusa Pacific University. [8]


Conforto represented the Northwest Region in the Little League World Series in 2004. [5] He attended Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington where he was an honor roll student. [6] He played shortstop on the baseball team and quarterback and safety on the football team. As a football player, Conforto was recruited by Ivy League schools. [7] Meanwhile, Conforto received offers to play baseball at Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Oregon State. [8]

As a freshman at Oregon State University in 2012, Conforto hit .349/.437/.601 with 13 home runs and 76 runs batted in (RBI) over 58 games. His 76 RBI were an Oregon State single-season record. [9] He was named Freshman Hitter of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. [10] [11] During the summer he played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. [12] As a sophomore in 2013, Conforto hit .328/.447/.526 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 65 games. He helped lead the team to the College World Series, where he went 7 for 16 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. [13] He was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and was named a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). [14] [15] He again played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during the summer in 2013. [16] Prior to the 2014 season, he was named the preseason Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year. [17] He finished the season hitting .345/.504/.547 with seven home runs and 56 RBI in 59 games. He again was named the Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Year. [18] He was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. [19] [20]

Minor league career Edit

The New York Mets selected Conforto in the first round, with the 10th overall selection, of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. [21] Conforto signed with the Mets on July 11, 2014, receiving a $2,970,800 signing bonus. [22] He played for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League after he signed. [23]

Conforto started the 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League on June 26, 2015. On July 12, 2015 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, he started in left field for the United States team at the All-Star Futures Game and collected two hits and one assist. [24]

Major league career Edit

On July 24, 2015, the Mets promoted Conforto to the major leagues. [25] He made his debut later that day, picking up his first major league RBI on a groundout, but going 0-3 while becoming the 1000th player to appear in a game for the Mets. [26] The next day, he collected his first major league hit -an RBI infield hit- as part of a 4 hit game. [27] He hit his first major-league home run on August 3 off Marlins' starter Tom Koehler. [28] He finished the season with 9 home runs in 56 games played. [29] The Mets won the 2015 National League pennant, making Conforto the third player in history to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series, along with pitcher Ed Vosberg and catcher Jason Varitek. [30] Conforto hit two home runs in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series, becoming the first rookie to homer twice in a world series game since Andruw Jones in the 1996 World Series. [31]

Entering 2016, Conforto became the Mets everyday left fielder. After a torrid start in April, Conforto began to slump once May came. From May 1 to June 25, 2016, Conforto's batting average dipped to .130. On June 25, the Mets demoted Conforto to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and called up Brandon Nimmo. [29] He was recalled on July 18 to the Mets. [32] After his return to the Mets, Conforto began playing both corner outfield positions. He made his major league debut in center field on July 23, 2016 as a defensive replacement. For the season, he batted .220/.310/.414 for the Mets. [33]

Conforto started the 2017 season as the Mets fourth outfielder but worked his way to a starting job. He was selected to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami after hitting .285/.405/.548 through the first half. [34] On August 24, his suffered a season-ending injury during a swing after he dislocated his left shoulder and tore his posterior capsule. [35] He elected to have surgery on September 2. [36] For the 2017 season, Conforto hit 27 home runs with 68 RBIs and a .279 average.

In 2018, Conforto hit .243 and led the Mets with 28 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 78 runs scored.

On May 28, 2019, Conforto hit his first major league grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. [37] He finished the season with a .257 average, .856 OPS, and career highs in home runs (33) and RBIs (92). [38]

In 2020 for the Mets, Conforto played in 54 games, batting .322/.412/.515 with 9 home runs and 31 RBI.

In April 2021, Conforto was the batter during an extremely rare walk-off hit by pitch to win a game against the Miami Marlins. With the bases loaded and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, Conforto's elbow was grazed by pitcher Anthony Bass, albeit on a clear strike where camera footage seemed to show Conforto recklessly extending his elbow into the pitch. The HBP call was controversial, with umpire Ron Kulpa saying after the game he felt his own call was in error after reviewing the footage, and Conforto should have been charged with a strike due to an insufficient attempt to avoid the pitch. [39]

His mother, Tracie Conforto (née Ruiz) is a three-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, [40] and his father, Mike, an Italian American, [41] played inside linebacker at Penn State. [42] His sister, Jacqueline, played soccer at Azusa Pacific University. [8]


Conforto represented the Northwest Region in the Little League World Series in 2004. [5] He attended Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington where he was an honor roll student. [6] He played shortstop on the baseball team and quarterback and safety on the football team. As a football player, Conforto was recruited by Ivy League schools. [7] Meanwhile, Conforto received offers to play baseball at Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Oregon State. [8]

As a freshman at Oregon State University in 2012, Conforto hit .349/.437/.601 with 13 home runs and 76 runs batted in (RBI) over 58 games. His 76 RBI were an Oregon State single-season record. [9] He was named Freshman Hitter of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. [10] [11] During the summer he played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. [12] As a sophomore in 2013, Conforto hit .328/.447/.526 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 65 games. He helped lead the team to the College World Series, where he went 7 for 16 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. [13] He was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and was named a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). [14] [15] He again played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during the summer in 2013. [16] Prior to the 2014 season, he was named the preseason Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year. [17] He finished the season hitting .345/.504/.547 with seven home runs and 56 RBI in 59 games. He again was named the Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Year. [18] He was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. [19] [20]

Minor league career Edit

The New York Mets selected Conforto in the first round, with the 10th overall selection, of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. [21] Conforto signed with the Mets on July 11, 2014, receiving a $2,970,800 signing bonus. [22] He played for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League after he signed. [23]

Conforto started the 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League on June 26, 2015. On July 12, 2015 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, he started in left field for the United States team at the All-Star Futures Game and collected two hits and one assist. [24]

Major league career Edit

On July 24, 2015, the Mets promoted Conforto to the major leagues. [25] He made his debut later that day, picking up his first major league RBI on a groundout, but going 0-3 while becoming the 1000th player to appear in a game for the Mets. [26] The next day, he collected his first major league hit -an RBI infield hit- as part of a 4 hit game. [27] He hit his first major-league home run on August 3 off Marlins' starter Tom Koehler. [28] He finished the season with 9 home runs in 56 games played. [29] The Mets won the 2015 National League pennant, making Conforto the third player in history to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series, along with pitcher Ed Vosberg and catcher Jason Varitek. [30] Conforto hit two home runs in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series, becoming the first rookie to homer twice in a world series game since Andruw Jones in the 1996 World Series. [31]

Entering 2016, Conforto became the Mets everyday left fielder. After a torrid start in April, Conforto began to slump once May came. From May 1 to June 25, 2016, Conforto's batting average dipped to .130. On June 25, the Mets demoted Conforto to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and called up Brandon Nimmo. [29] He was recalled on July 18 to the Mets. [32] After his return to the Mets, Conforto began playing both corner outfield positions. He made his major league debut in center field on July 23, 2016 as a defensive replacement. For the season, he batted .220/.310/.414 for the Mets. [33]

Conforto started the 2017 season as the Mets fourth outfielder but worked his way to a starting job. He was selected to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami after hitting .285/.405/.548 through the first half. [34] On August 24, his suffered a season-ending injury during a swing after he dislocated his left shoulder and tore his posterior capsule. [35] He elected to have surgery on September 2. [36] For the 2017 season, Conforto hit 27 home runs with 68 RBIs and a .279 average.

In 2018, Conforto hit .243 and led the Mets with 28 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 78 runs scored.

On May 28, 2019, Conforto hit his first major league grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. [37] He finished the season with a .257 average, .856 OPS, and career highs in home runs (33) and RBIs (92). [38]

In 2020 for the Mets, Conforto played in 54 games, batting .322/.412/.515 with 9 home runs and 31 RBI.

In April 2021, Conforto was the batter during an extremely rare walk-off hit by pitch to win a game against the Miami Marlins. With the bases loaded and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, Conforto's elbow was grazed by pitcher Anthony Bass, albeit on a clear strike where camera footage seemed to show Conforto recklessly extending his elbow into the pitch. The HBP call was controversial, with umpire Ron Kulpa saying after the game he felt his own call was in error after reviewing the footage, and Conforto should have been charged with a strike due to an insufficient attempt to avoid the pitch. [39]

His mother, Tracie Conforto (née Ruiz) is a three-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, [40] and his father, Mike, an Italian American, [41] played inside linebacker at Penn State. [42] His sister, Jacqueline, played soccer at Azusa Pacific University. [8]


Conforto represented the Northwest Region in the Little League World Series in 2004. [5] He attended Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington where he was an honor roll student. [6] He played shortstop on the baseball team and quarterback and safety on the football team. As a football player, Conforto was recruited by Ivy League schools. [7] Meanwhile, Conforto received offers to play baseball at Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington State, Stanford and Oregon State. [8]

As a freshman at Oregon State University in 2012, Conforto hit .349/.437/.601 with 13 home runs and 76 runs batted in (RBI) over 58 games. His 76 RBI were an Oregon State single-season record. [9] He was named Freshman Hitter of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. [10] [11] During the summer he played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. [12] As a sophomore in 2013, Conforto hit .328/.447/.526 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 65 games. He helped lead the team to the College World Series, where he went 7 for 16 and was named to the All-Tournament Team. [13] He was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and was named a first-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). [14] [15] He again played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during the summer in 2013. [16] Prior to the 2014 season, he was named the preseason Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year. [17] He finished the season hitting .345/.504/.547 with seven home runs and 56 RBI in 59 games. He again was named the Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Year. [18] He was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. [19] [20]

Minor league career Edit

The New York Mets selected Conforto in the first round, with the 10th overall selection, of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. [21] Conforto signed with the Mets on July 11, 2014, receiving a $2,970,800 signing bonus. [22] He played for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League after he signed. [23]

Conforto started the 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was promoted to the Binghamton Mets of the Class AA Eastern League on June 26, 2015. On July 12, 2015 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, he started in left field for the United States team at the All-Star Futures Game and collected two hits and one assist. [24]

Major league career Edit

On July 24, 2015, the Mets promoted Conforto to the major leagues. [25] He made his debut later that day, picking up his first major league RBI on a groundout, but going 0-3 while becoming the 1000th player to appear in a game for the Mets. [26] The next day, he collected his first major league hit -an RBI infield hit- as part of a 4 hit game. [27] He hit his first major-league home run on August 3 off Marlins' starter Tom Koehler. [28] He finished the season with 9 home runs in 56 games played. [29] The Mets won the 2015 National League pennant, making Conforto the third player in history to have played in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and Major League World Series, along with pitcher Ed Vosberg and catcher Jason Varitek. [30] Conforto hit two home runs in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series, becoming the first rookie to homer twice in a world series game since Andruw Jones in the 1996 World Series. [31]

Entering 2016, Conforto became the Mets everyday left fielder. After a torrid start in April, Conforto began to slump once May came. From May 1 to June 25, 2016, Conforto's batting average dipped to .130. On June 25, the Mets demoted Conforto to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and called up Brandon Nimmo. [29] He was recalled on July 18 to the Mets. [32] After his return to the Mets, Conforto began playing both corner outfield positions. He made his major league debut in center field on July 23, 2016 as a defensive replacement. For the season, he batted .220/.310/.414 for the Mets. [33]

Conforto started the 2017 season as the Mets fourth outfielder but worked his way to a starting job. He was selected to the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami after hitting .285/.405/.548 through the first half. [34] On August 24, his suffered a season-ending injury during a swing after he dislocated his left shoulder and tore his posterior capsule. [35] He elected to have surgery on September 2. [36] For the 2017 season, Conforto hit 27 home runs with 68 RBIs and a .279 average.

In 2018, Conforto hit .243 and led the Mets with 28 home runs, 82 RBIs, and 78 runs scored.

On May 28, 2019, Conforto hit his first major league grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. [37] He finished the season with a .257 average, .856 OPS, and career highs in home runs (33) and RBIs (92). [38]

In 2020 for the Mets, Conforto played in 54 games, batting .322/.412/.515 with 9 home runs and 31 RBI.

In April 2021, Conforto was the batter during an extremely rare walk-off hit by pitch to win a game against the Miami Marlins. With the bases loaded and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, Conforto's elbow was grazed by pitcher Anthony Bass, albeit on a clear strike where camera footage seemed to show Conforto recklessly extending his elbow into the pitch. The HBP call was controversial, with umpire Ron Kulpa saying after the game he felt his own call was in error after reviewing the footage, and Conforto should have been charged with a strike due to an insufficient attempt to avoid the pitch. [39]

His mother, Tracie Conforto (née Ruiz) is a three-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, [40] and his father, Mike, an Italian American, [41] played inside linebacker at Penn State. [42] His sister, Jacqueline, played soccer at Azusa Pacific University. [8]


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