Pete Alonso – Mets on the brink of something extremely special

TAMPA, Fla. — New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso returned to his previous highschool Saturday for a charity occasion being held only a lengthy residence run away from the residence of late New York Yankees proprietor George Steinbrenner.

It was solely pure {that a} query would come up referring to the large-spending Steinbrenner and Mets proprietor Steve Cohen, who went on a serious purchasing spree this offseason.

Asked if he had a way of what it might’ve been wish to play for the demanding Steinbrenner, Alonso mentioned he did not know.

“There’s just one option to discover out, and that is simply to maintain watching because it unfolds. I really feel like we’re on the brink of something extremely special, and I do know we do not simply need to win only one — we need to win a number of championships.”

The Mets have not gained the World Series since 1986.

Alonso grew up and resides in Tampa, and he went to the metropolis’s Plant High School.

On Saturday, the Alonso Foundation held the inaugural Battle For The Bay, a youth residence run derby for girls and boys enjoying baseball and softball in the higher Tampa space at the faculty a couple of half-mile from the Boss’ residence. Proceeds can be used for renovations to native baseball and softball fields.

Entering their third season beneath Cohen, the Mets signed free agent ace Justin Verlander. They additionally added beginning pitchers Kodai Senga and José Quintana, retained middle fielder Brandon Nimmo and nearer Edwin Díaz, and signed reliever David Robertson.

“Honestly, I did not actually have any enter,” Alonso mentioned. “I simply sort of sat again and simply kicked my ft up and simply watched. I feel that making some additions was superior. We have an important core of youngsters. We have nice expertise, and I really feel like we made some actually optimistic additions. So, it may be actual thrilling.”

Verlander, a 3-time Cy Young Award winner, joins former Detroit teammate Max Scherzer in the rotation, and he successfully replaces Jacob deGrom, who left New York and agreed to a $185 million, 5-12 months contract with Texas.

“Jake’s an important man,” Alonso mentioned. “He’s an important teammate. It’s unlucky. That’s simply half of the enterprise. Obviously, I’m going to overlook having him, however Justin Verlander goes to be nice. He’s clearly an extremely embellished pitcher, very completed.”

“Losing Jake, it is bittersweet as a result of, sure, I lose an important teammate, lose a great pal, however, once more, we get one other excessive-caliber pitcher to pitch in our rotation,” the first baseman mentioned.

Alonso additionally nearly turned teammates with Carlos Correa. The star shortstop, nevertheless, on Tuesday agreed to a $200 million, six-12 months contract that retains him with the Minnesota Twins after failing to finish offers with the Mets and San Francisco Giants.

Correa agreed to a $315 million, 12-12 months cope with the Mets, however they’d considerations like the Giants about an ankle after a Dec. 22 bodily and held off finalizing the settlement whereas making an attempt to barter protections over the subsequent two weeks.

“People would ask like, what is going on on?” Alonso mentioned with a smile. “I do not know. Me and Steve aren’t speaking about it.”

Alonso prevented arbitration on Friday, agreeing to a $14.5 million, one-12 months deal. He almost doubled his 2022 contract of $7.4 million, a 12 months during which he tied Yankees slugger Aaron Judge for the main league lead with 131 RBI.

“Yesterday was actually special,” Alonso mentioned. “I by no means thought as a younger child, pondering again on it, that may be a risk.”

Alonso has been hitting for 3 weeks and linked on a pair of homers estimated at over 400 ft in a professional residence run derby. Other contributors included Houston star Kyle Tucker and former sluggers Travis Hafner and Carlos Peña.

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