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Sunday, February 16

Floyd 20 pounds lighter than last season

Associated Press


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets outfielder Cliff Floyd arrived at spring training Sunday 20 pounds lighter than last season and determined to prove somebody's scouting report wrong.

While playing for three teams last year -- the Florida Marlins, Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox -- Floyd said he hovered around 258 pounds and drifted up to 260. He weighed in at 240 pounds Sunday after an offseason conditioning and nutrition program.

Floyd was stung during the offseason by a scouting report he read on the internet that said he had a tendency to give less than 100 percent.

"I never dogged a game,'' said Floyd, who was traded twice last July.

He signed a $26 million, four-year contract with the Mets in December and is expected to play left field and add even more punch to a lineup that already includes Mike Piazza and Mo Vaughn.

Floyd batted .288 with 28 homers, 43 doubles and 79 RBI last season for Florida, Montreal and Boston. He had a .388 on-base percentage and slugged .533.

He said he's in the best shape of his career, and new manager Art Howe was impressed by Floyd's condition during the team's minicamp in January.

"I think every year there's going to be something different where I have to go out and to prove myself to myself,'' Floyd said. "I know that from the way I've played in the game in the past it's enough to prove whoever said what they said wrong.''

All position players are to report by Tuesday, and New York's first full-squad workout is scheduled for Wednesday.
 

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i hope he has a good year.....

except against us
 

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i hope he has a good year.....

except against us
So do I and I think he wont do that well againt because last with the expos he struggled against the marlins so hopefully that will continue. Overall I wish he has a great year.
 

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Yea he is in great shape and has lost alot of weight. I talked to him about it and he is happy and happy to play witht he mets. He signed auto's for me and he rarely does sign and thats a sign he is happy....

I hope he does very goood with the mets.He was hitting very good in BP and should have a great year.
 

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