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Three New York Mets with the best chance to win an MVP

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 08: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets in action against the Houston Astros during a spring training baseball game at Clover Park on March 8, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Astros 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 08: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets in action against the Houston Astros during a spring training baseball game at Clover Park on March 8, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Astros 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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JUPITER, FLORIDA – MARCH 09: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets looks on against the Miami Marlins during a Grapefruit League spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium on March 09, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The New York Mets have yet to have an MVP winner. Fortunately, the current roster does have a few contenders for the award given to the best player in the league.

Something’s missing from the New York Mets history books. It’s an MVP winner.

Although the team has had multiple pitchers win the Cy Young, plenty of men who took home the Rookie of the Year, and winners of the other awards, it’s the MVP that has alluded them.

On the current Mets roster, there are a few candidates who could one day take it home and represent the orange and blue in doing so. Which Met can break the drought?

Pete Alonso

I think Pete Alonso is the most obvious candidate. After seeing him crush 53 home runs in 2019 as a rookie, the sky is the limit for this young slugger.

MVP votes tend to lean heavily toward power. That’s because with power comes great responsibility. And with great responsibility, there are a ton of RBI and other statistics.

Alonso’s power doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. It’s his best attribute and the reason why he’s in the big leagues. Without it, he’s an average player at best. Because his bat has plenty of jolt in it, he’s a big leaguer and someone who could one day carry the MVP trophy home to Flushing.

Two more considerations we must include are his age and visibility to the public. Alonso will have more shots to win an MVP for the Mets than other guys like Michael Conforto—an honoree for this list but not an actual name I will discuss. Even if Alonso does walk in free agency when he reaches that stage of his career, the Mets have him under control for several more seasons.

There’s also the matter of how visible he is to the public. Alonso is a star around baseball and I think as the team gets better (fingers crossed) he’ll become more recognizable to fans from Kalamazoo to Walla Walla.

In part, the MVP vote is based on popularity. Alonso checks off this box as well as the others.

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