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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Pete Alonso Sends Heartfelt Message to Nurses and Doctors Battling Coronavirus

Professional athletes are cheered for and loved by millions of fans around the world. They’re worshipped liked super heroes, called role models and referred to as legends.

But as we are seeing now with a global pandemic like the coronavirus virus, the sports world is put on hold and a different type of hero is brought into the limelight. The truck drivers making deliveries to the supermarket. The teachers reading stories to their students via virtual video sessions. The nurses and doctors who put their own health and safety at risk to treat the patients infected by this dangerous, highly contagious and deadly virus.

So when someone routinely referred to as a superstar, like Mets first-baseman Pete Alonso, sends individual messages to nurses and doctors thanking them for their time and effort, for saving lives and keeping people safe during this health crisis, it’s an inspiring and very big role reversal.

Judging by the reactions from the nurses and doctors, the incredibly powerful and benevolent gesture by the New York All-Star truly meant something special to those that received it. You can see it in the video and feel it in your heart. It evokes emotion, some of the medical workers even started to tear.

 

QLE Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, pete alonso

Friday, March 20, 2020

Mets player Pete Alonso surprises terminal cancer patient with video call

NEW YORK (WABC)—Pete Alonso of the New York Mets made a video call to an 82-year-old lifelong fan recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.

New Mets skipper Luis Rojas also called to send some happy thoughts to Kathleen Selig.

Selig was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer.

 

QLE Posted: March 20, 2020 at 12:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer, fans, luis rojas, pete alonso

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Pete Alonso gets record-setting raise from Mets after record-setting rookie season

Give that man a raise!

The Mets have agreed to terms on a record-high salary increase for second-year major-leaguer Pete Alonso on Wednesday, the Daily News confirmed. The 2019 National League Rookie of the Year is expected to make $652,521 in the 2020 season, according to multiple reports.

“We got a number — I was shocked and thrilled,” Alonso told reporters. “I’m just so happy we came to an agreement because I think the world of this organization. It truly is a blessing.”

The figure may seem like small potatoes compared to the slugger’s tremendous output his debut season — the “Polar Bear” mashed 53 home runs on his way to a new MLB rookie record — but the increase is also one that doesn’t often happen for players who haven’t yet hit arbitration and a record for a player coming off their rookie season.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals seem puzzled by this logic.

 

QLE Posted: March 12, 2020 at 12:45 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: pete alonso, salaries

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Mets have a stud in Pete Alonso, but will they keep him?

If he continues hitting home runs at the pace he did in his 2019 NL Rookie of the Year season, Pete Alonso will pass Darryl Strawberry for most home runs by a New York Met sometime in 2023.

If he continues to rack up RBI the way he did last season, he will catch David Wright, the Mets’ all-time leader with 970, sometime in 2026. Even scoring 103 runs as he did in 2019, it would take Alonso until 2028 to equal Wright’s franchise record of 946. And he would need all the way to 2030 to reach Wright’s mark of 1,777 hits in a Mets uniform.

Assuming continued good health and comparable production, it is clear that Alonso could turn out to be the greatest hitter this franchise has ever had, which says nearly as much about the Mets, a historically pitching-oriented organization, as it does about their sensational 24-year-old first baseman. Clearly, he is the most exciting rookie to wear the blue and orange since the glory days of Strawberry and Dwight Gooden, who won back-to-back Rookie of the Year Awards in 1983 and 1984.

As expected, Alonso won in a landslide, getting 29 of a possible 30 first-place votes; the one holdout voted for Mike Soroka, the Atlanta Braves 22-year-old stud right-hander.

This fits with what we were noting a week or so ago, but still of interest to see it stated so directly.

 

QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, pete alonso

AL ROY Alvarez unanimous, NL ROY Alonso 1 shy

One guy won the midsummer Home Run Derby, then became the first rookie to win the full-season home run derby outright. The other went third deck at Minute Maid Park amid compiling the highest OPS ever for a rookie with at least 300 trips to the plate.

What Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez did in 2019 was historic, and their efforts were rightly recognized Monday night with runaway wins in the National League and American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Alvarez was a unanimous selection in the AL (the 11th such selection in the history of this award), while Alonso was listed first on 29 of the 30 ballots in the NL.

“Holy expletive,” Alonso said with a laugh after the MLB Network made his selection official.

So, what’s next for the both of them?

QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 12:15 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, pete alonso, rookie of the year, yordan alvarez

Saturday, November 09, 2019

2019 Rookie of the Year: Breaking down the finalists

Awards announcements represent the final chapter of a Major League Baseball season.

The first winners will be revealed Monday when the Baseball Writers Association of America names the American and National League Rookies of the Year.

This race should be more clear cut than last year’s, but closer than the 2017 contest. The awards winners should follow the theme of the 2019 season as the big boppers with the gaudy home-run numbers are likely to take home the hardware.

New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso and Houston Astros bruiser Yordan Alvarez are the league’s respective frontrunners. But cases can be made for Mike Soroka, who emerged as an ace for an Atlanta Braves club that won a second consecutive division title, and John Means, one of the few bright spots for a 54-win Baltimore Orioles squad.

Interesting to ponder, perhaps less for who will win, and more concerning what careers we can expect from these players.


Friday, November 08, 2019

Alonso, Álvarez honored as top rookies by Baseball Digest

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Houston Astros slugger Yordan Álvarez have been picked as this year’s top rookies by Baseball Digest.

Alonso was a unanimous choice in the National League, and Álvarez received six of seven first-place votes to take the AL honor. The other one went to Eloy Jiménez of the Chicago White Sox.

Alonso set a rookie record with 53 home runs for New York, becoming the first rookie to lead the majors outright in homers. He finished the season with 120 RBIs and a .941 OPS.

 

 

QLE Posted: November 08, 2019 at 12:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball digest, pete alonso, yordan alvarez

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Mets’ Alonso donates customized cleats to 9/11 museum

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets slugger Pete Alonso visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on Tuesday to donate the custom cleats and baseball bat honoring first responders that he used in a game on the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Alonso presented the equipment to museum President Alice M. Greenwald. He said “it means the world” that the memorial wanted the gear for its permanent collection.

“Just being here in New York, I just wanted to show every bit of gratitude I could,” Alonso said. “Not just for the first responders, but for the families as well who were directly impacted. You guys will not be forgotten.”

The 24-year-old rookie surprised his teammates with customized spikes to wear during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which the Mets won by scoring 9 runs on 11 hits. He had spent weeks jotting down their shoe sizes, preferred brands and styles, then hired a company to paint them red, white and blue with lettering for first-responder units.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 02, 2019 at 12:57 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: pete alonso

 

 

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