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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Alonso’s status an issue for union watching service time

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Pete Alonso is hitting .406 at spring training and leads the Mets with three home runs. Yet, if New York keeps him in the minor leagues for the first 15 days of the season, his eligibility for free agency would be pushed back a year until after the 2025 season.

“Seeing what players are going through where their service time is being manipulated, on the front end and/or in the middle, is a concern, has been a concern and will continue to be a concern,” union head Tony Clark said after meeting with the Mets.

Alonso nearly homered again Wednesday, but wind knocked down his fourth-inning drive off Houston’s Gerrit Cole. Alonso had 36 homers and 119 RBIs at Double-A and Triple-A last season.

Another to add to the list…

QLE Posted: March 14, 2019 at 06:08 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, pete alonso, service time

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Mets have a competitive and friendly 1st-base battle going on

Barring injury and despite Alonso’s glove, I can’t see Smith making the team. Alonso is out-hitting him. Davis can also play third and the outfield.

The 23-year-old Smith struggled in stints with the Mets in 2017 and ’18, but credits an emphasis on physical fitness for his solid spring. Last season, Smith missed almost all of spring training with a quadriceps injury sustained early in camp. It came after Smith was late for a team meeting and got scratched from the lineup as punishment.

“Last year it just felt like you could never dig yourself out of that hole and it kept spiraling and getting worse and worse, but you learn from those things and just try to move on and get better,” Smith said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2019 at 08:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dominic smith, mets, pete alonso

Sunday, February 24, 2019

WATCH: Mets top prospect Pete Alonso explains why he changed his name

It’s Pete Alonso now—that’s what the Mets prospect wants to be called from here on out. And he explained why after his first Spring Training exhibition game on Saturday afternoon.

Mets PR announced the name change on Thursday, as Alonso joined Yankees Zach Britton who changed his name to Zack this season. Alonso explained that Peter just feels too formal, and he wants to break down that barrier.

“It’s one of those things that everyone calls me Pete in the clubhouse, everyone on the coaching staff,” he said. “Pretty much if anyone sees me out on the street or something like that, everyone calls me Pete. So I just think it’s good to be on a first-name basis like that. It’s more informal. I think I’m very approachable and I think I’m a nice guy. So anyone can call me Pete.”

You know, we normally don’t get this many players to be named later until the trades begin….

QLE Posted: February 24, 2019 at 08:49 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, pete alonso, peter alonso, ptbnl

 

 

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