On a scale of 1 to 10, Ramón Laureano’s work ethic is around a 12.
The speedy outfielder has played 171 games with the A's since debuting in August 2018.
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But it feels like we’ve known the fan-favorite for longer than that. Laureano exudes attitude, determination and hustle at every opportunity. He’s a regular on the defensive highlight reels, often showcasing speed in the gaps or laser-like throwing ability.
While Ramón is all about his business, he did loosen up during this Q&A from Arizona.
NBC Sports Bay Area: Teammate you would trust most to babysit your child?
Laureano: Marcus Semien, It’s obvious. He has multiple kids. Calm, great, responsible.
How many times can you wear the same jeans without washing them?
Two times. Not eight to 10. I throw everything in the laundry right away.
If you could clone yourself, what would you make that clone do?
Just cook for me. I can do laundry that’s not a problem, I can clean the house too. That’s not a problem. Just cook for me.
The glove you use, why did you choose it?
It has to be light, it has to be tight to my hand. Mine last year was none of that. It’s tighter to my hand now, I can do whatever with my glove hand, the glove is not coming off. It’s an Easton glove, we just got it with the H-web. It’s a little different.
Were you named after anybody?
Yes, my grandpa. Ramon Antonio.
Best smell of baseball season?
The grass, man.
Can you still write in cursive?
Yeah, that’s the only way I write. I can write both, but that’s the way they taught me.
Teammate you would assume spends the most time personal grooming?
Liam Hendriks. Without a doubt. He has these haircuts since last year, hopefully he keeps it, but he has to be perfect and do his stuff.
Only one breakfast for the rest of your life, what’s on that plate?
I’m good with smoked salmon, avocado, oatmeal, a little bit of brown sugar and five egg whites -- that’s fine. And two chocolate chip pancakes. But I’ve been laying off the pancakes, lately.
If you were a media member covering this A’s spring training what would your number one story be?
Behind the scenes the way they prepare to be productive and have a World Series championship team on the field. The little details, the way they go about it in the video room. When we talk about the things in there ... all the little things and small things that nobody will ever see.
Amount of time on average you spend preparing for the opponent pitchers?
It’s not that much, just kind of first game of the series you see all their bullpen guys. I need notes to see what they throw like fastballs up, sliders down. But it can take me sometimes 30 to 40 minutes per opponent.
Can MLB players be friends with their coaches?
I think so, of course.
Which MLB player would you be a fan of, if you weren’t in baseball?
Marcus Semien. I have so many, but Marcus -- just a guy that has gotten better since the year he got drafted.
Best way to split a lunch or dinner tab with a teammate?
I think you just invite Khris Davis and he will pay for the whole thing. You don’t have to be worrying about splitting no money. He can be that generous.