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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

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Alonso sets rookie HR record with No. 53

NEW YORK—Shortly after Pete Alonso matched Aaron Judge’s Major League rookie home run record on Friday night, Judge said in no uncertain terms that Alonso would soon stand alone atop the leaderboard. No matter that only two games remained in the season. Alonso’s reputation had reached the point that the record was going to fall, in Judge’s words, “for sure.”

Not 24 hours later, Alonso made good on that prediction in the Mets’ 3-0 win over the Braves at Citi Field. The presumptive National League Rookie of the Year launched his 53rd home run over the center-field fence to stand above every rookie in MLB history.

Aware as soon as he hit it that the ball was going out, Alonso walked slowly toward first base, then thrust both hands in the air as he rounded his bases. By the time he returned to the dugout, many of his teammates were outside of it waiting for him.

The record-breaking shot marked the culmination of one of the most productive rookie seasons in Major League history. Alonso also has 120 RBIs, putting him four off the Mets’ franchise record that David Wright and Mike Piazza share.

And the milestones keep on coming!

 

QLE Posted: September 29, 2019 at 12:08 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, milestones, pete alonso, rookies

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 | 6 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

 

 

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