Jacobs Keeping Positive Outlook

Jacobs is hitting for power in Buffalo

BUFFALO, NY - When Mike Jacobs started the season, he expected to be a regular player for the New York Mets. His plan did not go as hoped as Jacobs was quickly sent to Triple-A Buffalo. Since then, Jacobs has done his best to keep his head up, work on his game, and wait for another opportunity with the Mets or elsewhere.

It's been a rough season for Bisons first baseman Mike Jacobs so far in 2010. After starting out as the clean up hitter for the Mets on opening day, he quickly lost his job to prospect Ike Davis before the first month of the season ended.

Jacobs spent the past four seasons in the major leagues, three with the Florida Marlins and last year with the Kansas City Royals. His numbers have dropped consistently in that period of time and he really struggled last year, hitting only .228 with a career-high 132 strikeouts.

After a mediocre spring training, Jacobs lasted only seven games before being re-assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.

In 32 games played so far, Jacobs has settled in with the Bisons and is hitting .255 with six home runs and 22 RBIs. He can't say enough about the team he has around him in Buffalo even after initial frustration of being removed from the 25-man roster.

"This is a pretty awesome team to be playing with," Jacobs said. "You look up and down this lineup and it's kind of the who's who of the Triple-A world. There are guys that have been in the big leagues and guys who have played on all star teams so it really is a fun lineup to hit in."

Whether or not Jacobs would fit into the clubhouse in Buffalo was a major question mark when the Mets sent him down. It can be difficult for a guy who has played in the big leagues for so long to swallow his pride and accept a demotion.

Bisons manager Ken Oberkfell has been really impressed with how well he has made the adjustment.

"[Jacobs] has been great," Oberkfell said. "He's been a leader in the clubhouse, a leader on the field and he is just going out there and playing baseball. He loves to play and he continues to work hard with hopes of getting another shot at the big leagues."

Dealing with the demotion has been difficult and frustrating at times for Jacobs even though he has remained positive. It took a while for him to get used to being back in the minor leagues.

"This was the first time [I've been demoted]," Jacobs said. "I haven't been in the minor leagues for a few years now. I think the hardest part have been the bus rides so far because I'm not very used to that." Part of what has helped Jacobs is his work ethic. He continues to put in the work and explained that having a job is still always better than sitting at home on the couch.

Most players may question themselves when forced to deal with adversity. Jacobs doesn't let anything affect his confidence and continues to believe in his abilities.

"I'm pretty confident no matter what happens," Jacobs said. "I believe in myself so I don't need other people to. I feel like I belong up there and this is just the track that I've been put on."

Jacobs may enjoy where he is at the moment in Buffalo, but playing Major League Baseball is where he wants to be. He hopes that his hard work and dedication will eventually pay off and show some team that he deserves another shot.

"The great thing about baseball is that there are 29 other teams out there and they have scouts watching," Jacobs said. "Hopefully you can catch somebody's eye and either get back up [with the Mets] or somebody else. I just have to keep grinding."

Should his playing time dwindle, Jacobs may be forced to look at other options.

"We'll see what happens," Jacobs said about the possibility of losing playing time. "Mets management have their say in what they want guys to do down here. Hopefully it'll be a situation where I'll continue to get my at-bats regularly. If the situation turns that [I don't get the at-bats] I'll have to make a decision where I want to go from there."

The talent is definitely there for Jacobs as he continues to work on his game but the question will remain where he will eventually be able to display it.

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