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New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos focusing on improving despite hearing a ton of criticism this past season.

Wilson Ramos is entering his second year as a New York Met after impressing the front office in his first. The veteran catcher finished the 2019 campaign with 14 home runs, 73 RBIs, and a slash line of .288/.351/.416 through 141 games. However, there is room to improve his defense. He committed seven errors and, towards the end of the year, reports surfaced that Noah Syndergaard preferred to pitch to other catchers.

The fielding issues have led to criticism towards Ramos, but he isn’t letting it bother him. Ultimately, the 32-year-old is just focusing on improving ahead of next season.

“I heard a lot of bad things about me this year behind the plate, but I’m going to focus on getting better,” Ramos said this week while providing turkeys in collaboration with the Metsgiving program, per Dan Martin of the New York Post.

“I learn from the bad things,” he added. “I take those comments to help me to get better. I don’t feel bad at all [about them]. It will motivate me to keep working hard.”

Additional catchers for the Mets this past season were Tomas Nido and René Rivera. Ramos received the majority of the playing time, however, starting in 113 games and appearing in 124 at that spot.

The Mets are looking to build off an 86-76 campaign in which they missed the postseason for the third consecutive year. They’ll be doing so with a brand new manager in Carlos Beltrán.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.