Mickey Callaway: Pete Alonso Is Mets' 'Next David Wright'

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September 06, 2019 - 6:19 pm
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The first week of September is almost done, but the Mets are still alive.

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New York was thought to be out of it at the All-Star Break after a disappointing first half of the season. The Mets recovered to get back into the playoff picture, and now they’re still fighting for the postseason, despite a couple more recent meltdowns from the bullpen.

They probably wouldn’t be here without Pete Alonso. Mickey Callaway said as much when he joined Mike Francesa on WFAN on Friday evening.

Callaway told Francesa that he thinks Alonso has taken David Wright’s place as the face of the franchise.

“You can’t ever expect somebody to do what he has done this year, but I am so happy that it’s Pete Alonso, because he does everything the right way,” said Callaway. “He pumps up the crowd the right way. He plays the game the right way. He’s a great hitter. He’s turned into a really, really good first baseman … I’m so happy he’s hitting the homers, driving in the runs, being clutch. Like you said earlier, he has become the face of the franchise. He is the next David Wright. There is no doubt about it. He’s the type of person you want being that guy, because he does it all the right way.”

Alonso really is having a season for the ages. As of Friday afternoon, he had 45 home runs, 105 RBIs and a .367 on-base percentage. It seems likely that he’ll be going home with the National League Rookie of the Year award when 2019 is in the books.

Wright also had some tremendous seasons in Queens, but his career was also hampered by injuries, which kept him from becoming the player some thought he might be. Still, there are definite similarities between the way the two players have represented the franchise.

New York Mets' Pete Alonso trots the bases after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in New York. With the home run, Alonso broke the Mets' single season home run record.
Kathy Willens/AP

Callaway is overjoyed with how Alonso has produced up to this point, and he’s also confident that the 24-year-old isn’t going to cool down anytime soon.

“It’s unbelievable. And he’s not going to slow down … he’s breaking all kinds of records. I’m so happy that he’s doing what he’s doing.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to Mike Francesa’s full interview with Mickey Callaway.

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