How eye doctor helped Mets’ Tommy Pham improve at the plate

How eye doctor helped Mets’ Tommy Pham improve at the plate
from Zac Wassink, with

It turns out New York Mets veteran outfielder Tommy Pham may have just needed a visit to the eye doctor to reclaim his form at the plate.

“I feel like I am seeing the ball better,” Pham said after the Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 5-1 on Sunday to begin the season with a 3-1 record, per Mike Puma of the New York Post. “My eye doctor out here, she kind of fine-tuned my lenses for me and when I got my new lenses on Friday I felt like everything was way different in a good way. My other lenses from the spring had a little bit too much astigmatism. A little too much ‘residual cylinder’ is the term, and she kind of eliminated some of that for me, so now I can see.”

Pham signed a one-year contract reportedly worth $6M with $2M in incentives with the Mets this past January, and the 35-year-old explained that he has dealt with keratoconus since 2008. According to the Mayo Clinic, keratoconus “is an eye condition in which your cornea — the clear, dome-shaped front of your eye — gets thinner and gradually bulges outward into a cone shape.”

Pham spent the 2022 season with the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox. Across 144 games, he slashed .236/.312/.374 with 17 home runs and 63 RBI. To compare, Pham went 4-for-9 with one home run, three RBI and a 1.389 OPS across New York’s first series of the current campaign.

“They’re great,” Pham added about his previous lenses. “This is probably the best I have seen on defense in years, but they still needed a little fine-tuning and the doctor here fine-tuned them for me.”

Manager Buck Showalter will hope Pham can continue to impress either as a designated hitter or when starters such as Brandon Nimmo need the occasional off day.

The Mets get right back to work following the weekend and play at the 2-1 Milwaukee Brewers on Monday afternoon.