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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Alonso slugs 50th, now 2 away from Judge’s mark

Another night, another powerful statement from Pete Alonso.

The rookie Mets slugger hit his major league-leading 50th home run of the season Friday, sending a towering two-run shot to deep right-center field in the eighth inning to help send New York to an 8-1 victory against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Alonso became the second rookie in major league history to hit 50 home runs, and now is just two shy of the mark set by the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, who hit 52 in his first season in 2017. Alonso and the Mets have nine games left in the regular season.

“That’s just mind-boggling to me,” Alonso told SNY. “I’m a huge baseball fan. I’ve always been a baseball fan my entire life and there’s so many great players who played this game. It’s just nuts—it’s just nuts to think about.”

I forget- is fifty home runs in a season less impressive because of how many home runs have been hit, or still with some merit because so many of the home runs have been a bunch of people hitting twenty?

 

QLE Posted: September 21, 2019 at 12:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, pete alonso

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Pete Alonso Hits 49th Homer to Break Team Single-Season Record

” .. the only record that Alonso cares about is his team’s”

And he can steal a base.  Never gets caught. You can look it up!

Lest we forget Posted: September 19, 2019 at 03:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: homers, mets, pete alonso, records, stolen bases

Thursday, September 12, 2019

How Kobe Bryant is trying to bring the Mamba Mentality to baseball

If you’ve been paying attention to Kobe Bryant’s post-NBA career, he’s made it quite clear he’s not interested in just riding off into the sunset as a basketball great. He’s got his sights set much higher.

Heck, he’s already won an Emmy and an Oscar.

Now, he wants to transform the way athletes — particularly young ones — hone their craft. Even those outside of basketball. As strange as it might sound, even baseball players.

This week, Bryant’s Mamba Sports Venture Lab launched its first product. It’s called Mamba RISE. It’s a smartphone app that is part game, part mental exercise, the goal is to bring Bryant’s famous Mamba Mentality to other sports. Included in the launch of Mamba RISE are baseball, football and volleyball. A basketball version is coming later. No word on if it’ll be beta-tested by a certain youth basketball he made famous on Instagram.

Towards the end of this piece, the argument is made that Kobe Bryant could be the one to save baseball- there are things to be said about that idea, none of them positive…..

 

QLE Posted: September 12, 2019 at 04:11 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: bad ideas, pete alonso, snake oil

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

MLB’s First-Year Stars Are Historically Great This Season

As happened with NFL quarterbacks and pro tennis players, the traditional learning curve for Major League Baseball hitters has been re-drawn, if not outright obliterated. Apprenticeships no longer are required.

For a second consecutive year, first-year players are dominating baseball in numbers like we’ve never seen before. In the footsteps of Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna Jr., Gleyber Torres, Shohei Ohtani and others last season, Pete Alonso, Yordan Alvarez, Vlad Guerrero Jr., Eloy Jimenez, Fernando Tatis Jr. and their fellow freshmen are blowing up the idea that young hitters can’t be trusted until they are allowed time and reps to adjust to big league pitching. This is the era of Plug-and-Play Superstars.

Until last season, there had never been a season in which more than five first-year players hit 15 home runs. Then seven freshmen did so last year. And so far this season, 10 can claim the Freshman 15.

...


Set aside for now the more aerodynamic baseball, which this season is inflating home run numbers. This young hitters trend began a few years ago and has just exploded this year. The game is getting younger because the numbers show young hitters can be trusted–in many cases, more than older players.

So, how much do we buy this particular argument, and, if not, where do we see issues?

 

QLE Posted: September 10, 2019 at 01:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., home runs, pete alonso, rookies, vladimir guerrero jr.

Friday, September 06, 2019

Never Mind He’s on the Mets. Pete Alonso Is the Happiest Man in Baseball

Pete Alonso has lived in the city only since April, but he’s already driving like a New Yorker. He easily merges his Lexus SUV into traffic on the FDR Drive and navigates the narrow lanes. He swings calmly off the RFK Bridge onto the Grand Central Parkway. When a teenager threatens to dart in front of the car near Citi Field, Alonso shakes his head and laughs. “Don’t do it, man! Don’t do it!” (The kid does not.) Alonso is 24. He seems older as he asks three preteen autograph hounds why they’re not in school, but younger as he begins enumerating the things he likes about his life in 2019.

He likes that he has driven this route to Citi Field so many times that he knows the way without GPS. He likes that in a few days he will climb onto a team plane bound for yet another major league city. He liked hauling boxes into the Upper East Side one-bedroom he shares with his fiancée, Haley Walsh, because it meant he was home. He likes pitching changes, because he can practice taking a secondary lead off first base (which still amuses his teammates). He likes social media, unlike most in the public eye, because of all the encouragement he gets. He cannot immediately think of a curse he can’t turn into a blessing.

Occasionally this drives his teammates crazy. Alonso related a scene from an August game against the Indians during which the Mets endured two rain delays. The first, at two hours and 28 minutes, clocked in at a minute shorter than that afternoon’s Cubs-Giants tilt. The second began at a quarter to midnight. As his teammates sat at their lockers, calculating the hours of lost sleep, Alonso delivered a call to arms. “First and third, bottom of the eighth!” he roared. “We’re going to step on their neck when that tarp comes off at 3 a.m.!” (As it turned out, the game was called, with the Mets ahead 2-0, at 12:23.)

The averageness of New York’s record (71-68 as of Sept. 5; four and a half games out of a wild-card spot) may mask the season’s extreme highs (a 15-1 run, a batting-title bid from utilityman Jeff McNeil) and lows (six straight home losses in August with a playoff spot in the balance; starter Jason Vargas, now in Philly, threatening a reporter to a fight). Whatever, though, comes of the season, it is likely to be remembered as the year the Polar Bear planted his size 13 feet firmly in Flushing.

So, who’s the unhappiest man in baseball?

 

QLE Posted: September 06, 2019 at 07:17 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: pete alonso

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Mets slugger Pete Alonso makes the case for the RBI in this analytical era

NEW YORK – The sentence had not even been completed, and Pete Alonso reacted in such a way that made it clear that he could never agree.

The value of the RBI has been debated — and often diminished — in this analytical era of baseball, but Alonso isn’t having any of that discussion.

“Oh, absolutely (they matter),” Alonso said recently.

Alonso, the Mets’ rookie phenom who just set the team’s single-season home run record with No. 42 on Tuesday night, is one of 10 players in the 100-RBI club this year, accomplishing the feat last Saturday.

Is he really?

 

QLE Posted: August 29, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: pete alonso, rbi

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

As Pete Alonso breaks Mets record, Carlos Beltran happy for Mets rookie

NEW YORK – Carlos Beltran has only one request of Pete Alonso.

“I hope he hits 55 [homers]. I hope he hits more than that. I will be disappointed if he stops at 42,” Beltran told Yahoo Sports with a laugh during a recent telephone interview. “I hope he continues to have a good season.”

With his 42nd homer Tuesday off Cubs righty Yu Darvish, Alonso, in just his rookie season, has now hit more homers than anyone else in Mets history.

He broke a tie with Beltran, who hit 41 homers in 2006, and former Mets catcher Todd Hundley, who set the previous standard in 1996.

Some words on the setting of a record.

 

QLE Posted: August 28, 2019 at 04:13 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, home runs, mets, pete alonso

Monday, August 19, 2019

Pete Alonso Smashes 40th Home Run to Break NL Rookie Record as Mets Beat Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pete Alonso hit his 40th home run to break the National League rookie record, capping a late outburst by the New York Mets in their 11-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Michael Conforto hit a long homer in the first inning and drove in four runs. Amed Rosario put the Mets ahead 6-4 with a two-run single in the seventh, and Alonso went deep in the ninth on an 0-2 pitch. He snapped a tie with Cody Bellinger, who launched 39 long balls for the Dodgers in 2017 on the way to winning Rookie of the Year honors.

Back in the thick of a crowded NL wild-card race thanks to a second-half surge, New York completed a 3-3 road trip and improved to 24-10 since the All-Star break.

Alonso also had an RBI double and scored three times during his second consecutive three-hit game. Rosario had three hits and three RBIs in the leadoff spot, and Joe Panik added three hits as the top four batters in the Mets’ lineup combined to go 11 for 18 with nine RBIs and seven runs.

If my math is right, there are 38 more games to go for him- how many more home runs could he obtain between now and then?

QLE Posted: August 19, 2019 at 07:43 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, pete alonso, records, rookies

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Chris Paddack on Pete Alonso: ‘I’m coming for him’

Padres rookie starter Chris Paddack is a good one. Over six starts he’s got a 1.91 ERA and an excellent K/BB ratio of 35/9 over 33 innings. He throws gas but changes speeds wonderfully and doesn’t walk many guys. He’s only 23 but he’s exactly what you want in an ace. All he lacks is the experience.

Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso is a good one. Over 34 games he’s got a line of .280/.364/.600 with 10 homers and 27 driven in. He also just won Rookie of the Month honors for April. He’s only 24 but he’s exactly the sort of slugger Mets fans had been hoping the team would develop for many, many years.

Tonight they’ll face each other in San Diego as Paddack starts for the Padres against the Mets.

Can he claim this in polite society, or even whatever we are?

 

QLE Posted: May 07, 2019 at 04:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris paddack, pete alonso

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Mets’ Pete Alonso reveals where his inspiration lies in being complete hitter

Even as his bat has cooled a bit, the raves keep coming for Pete Alonso as he continues to make believers throughout the baseball community, not only with his missile-launches but also his advanced approach at the plate that makes him much more than an all-or-nothing slugger.

That rare combination earned him recognition last week as the National League’s Rookie of the Month for April, as well as comparisons via the MLB Network to the likes of Mark McGwire, Buster Posey, and Justin Turner.

It also allows Mark DeRosa, the ex-big leaguer and MLB Network analyst who did a video breakdown of Alonso last week, to say with certainty: “This isn’t going away what this guy is doing. It’s not a fluke.”

That notion is becoming more and more a consensus opinion among baseball people, based more due to Alonso’s discipline at the plate and his ability to hit the ball to the opposite field than his power. That’s the way Alonso prefers it, making a point of saying, when I asked him: “I take pride in being a complete hitter.”

One of these batters is not like the others….

 

QLE Posted: May 05, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hitters, mark mcgwire, mets, mike piazza, paul konerko, pete alonso

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Why Pete Alonso is literally baseball’s next big thing

Maybe it’s too ambitious to suggest that, just 23 games into his major league career, the rookie first baseman with the prodigious power stroke will be a star, not just because of his production in numbers but in his ability to engage the fans with his energy and enthusiasm.

Maybe it’s simply too much to expect Alonso to keep hitting this way, bashing long home runs and taking a half-swing on a two-strike sinker on the outside corner from Jake Arrieta and still hitting a 98 mph ground ball past the first baseman for an RBI double and then standing at second base, pumping both fists above his head in celebration.

Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. and the rise of a Padres powerhouse
Just a few weeks ago, Alonso was simply battling in spring training to make the Opening Day roster, a top prospect after leading the minor leagues in home runs and RBIs in 2018, but not a lock to make the team, especially given how teams often hold players back in the minors to save on service time. But Alonso raked in spring training and now he has become one of the biggest stories of the first month of the season, hitting .325 with eight home runs and 21 RBIs. Maybe it’s just a wonderful flash in time. Maybe it’s the beginning of something big.

A true homegrown star for the Mets at firstbase or the next Ike Davis?

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 25, 2019 at 05:50 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pete alonso

 

 

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