Speaking of Robert, Jimenez is among the players stepping up to help the rookie transition to life in the big leagues.
"When I met him a couple years ago I said, 'When we play together I'm going to take care of you because you are my boy,' " Jimenez said. "Now, we are together and he has kind of the same contract like me and I know what it feels like and I'm going to help him."
Robert has appreciated the conversations the two have had.
"During spring training we talked a lot about this process, this new process for me as a rookie," Robert said through an interpreter on Monday. "He told me to never put my head down, stay positive always and work hard every day, that I am going to hit some bumps along the road in a long season, but if I keep working hard and stay confidence in myself I will adjust.
"Now, with a 60-game season, we haven't talked much about that but that will also apply. I will have to make adjustments faster."
Jimenez aims on making defensive adjustments. It has been an area of concentration, and he credits Renteria and coaches Daryl Boston and Joe McEwing for guidance.
"I feel like I get better every day," Jimenez said. "In spring training, I was much better than last year. I think I'm going to keep doing that, I'm going to keep getting better, getting better. I want to, one day, be a Gold Glove (winner). That's why I'm working hard every single day."
Jimenez is confident the strong end of last season is just the beginning of big things ahead.
"I feel really good, much better this year," he said. "This is my second year and I got experience last year. I think it's going to be better this year."
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