Where Mets players should have ranked in a New York sports athlete poll
By John Flynn
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso should have been ranked three spots higher in 5th, as his home run prowess makes it happen.
Pete Alonso may already be the most feared slugger in Mets history, and he is only 28 years old, as he has been the best hitter on the team since his debut in 2019. Alonso has clubbed 156 home runs, the most in the majors since his big league debut in 2019, and it ranks fifth on the franchise’s all-time home run list, and will likely pass Darryl Strawberry’s mark of 252 home runs as a Mets if he gets the contract extension many expect him to have.
Alonso has also thrived on big stages as well. He won the Home Run Derby in each of his first two tries, set the rookie home run record with 53 round-trippers in 2019, and hit a go-ahead home run in the only playoff win of his Mets’ career last year.
Alonso’s positive energy and team-centric play has captivated New York sports fans, especially those that root for the Mets, and he knows how to embrace the spotlight in New York and developed himself as a leader behind the scenes following the retirement of David Wright in 2018, thanks to his proclamation of “LFGM” in a postgame interview during his rookie season.
Much of the leadership responsibilities have shifted towards Francisco Lindor because of his defensive talents, but Alonso has also developed the clutch gene, as he co-led the major leagues with 131 RBI’s last year.