CLEARWATER, Fla. – Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera set big goals for himself this season.
Herrera’s first two seasons with the Phillies secured him a five-year, $30.5 million contract. Still, the 25-year-old wants to make notable improvements in 2017.
Herrera told Scott Palmer, Phillies Director of Public Affairs, “I’m working on everything. I want to be better at hitting, running, and outfield.”
Herrera also shared that he hopes to earn a Gold Glove this year.
Phillies manager Pete Mackanin observed that Herrera has been full of energy and taking his goals seriously.
Mackanin said, “He’s been having a lot of fun and he is setting a tone by example. When we do all the drills, especially the base running drills, he lets it out, man. He’s running hard.”
The franchise wondered how Herrera would react to his new contract. Mackanin is pleased that he has reacted the “right way” by stepping up as a team leader.
Herrera said, “I want to be a leader, pushing my teammates to be better and bring the energy up in the clubhouse.”
Herrera said that his energy comes naturally.
He added, “I always have a big smile on my face and I enjoy life outside the field and inside the field.”
Herrera will leave spring training to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. He will return at the end of March and continue to work on his goals – with a smile.