George Springer visited his alma mater, UConn, last week and was soon wowing members of the baseball team on Zoom with his mastery of the head coach’s base-running quiz.
With his six months’ pregnant wife, Charlise, in tow, the free-agent outfielder needed prodding to leave.
“He could have sat there for hours,” UConn coach Jim Penders said Tuesday. “He was answering our questions on the quiz and he’s never studied before. He says, ‘Coach, I never knew all that stuff, but I just do it.’ He’s the 1 percent of the 1 percent of the 1 percent in the world who could just do those things.”
Springer, 31, is the highest-rated outfielder on the free-agent board, as the Mets look for a dynamic right-handed bat and center fielder who can improve the lineup. Springer meets the criteria, but also as somebody with the attributes to handle the fishbowl of New York City and become a respected presence within the team.
The 11th-overall selection by the Astros in the 2011 draft, Springer’s résumé includes three All-Star selections and a World Series title, albeit one that can be disputed following the uncovering of Houston’s illegal sign-stealing scheme in…