Callaway On Pete Alonso: 'We've Got A Special Player On Our Hands'

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April 10, 2019 - 7:04 pm
Mets first baseman Pete Alonso celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three-run homer against the Marlins on April 1, 2019, at Marlins Park in Miami.

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Pete Alonso has started his Major League Baseball career with a bang, or rather, with quite a few bangs.

Alonso has managed five home runs, 15 base hits and 14 RBIs in the first 10 games of the Mets season. The team is 6-4 partially because of these impressive contributions from its new first baseman.

On Wednesday, Mets manager Mickey Callaway joined Mike Francesa to talk about the early days of the season. Callaway was full of praise for Alonso after the rookie's hot start to the year.

“From what I’ve seen, it is special,” said Callaway. “He’s got to continue to bring energy every day, which I’m sure he will, and continue to work on his craft. He is going to have to adjust when the league adjusts to him at some point, but we’re out here watching BP right now and he is hitting them up into the third deck at Citi Field, which you never see.”

The question before the season was whether Alonso would even make the team’s final roster after spring training, but now he has already become a vital part of the big league squad. 

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The 24-year-old phenom spent 2018 splitting time between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas. He has been viewed as one of the club’s top prospects since he was selected 64th overall in the 2016 MLB Draft.

His home runs are catching the eye, but Callaway made sure to note that Alonso’s hitting prowess isn’t only about the long ball.

“And it’s not just the homers. It’s really all the other stuff that makes him special. A lot of guys have that kind of power and can hit like that, but you can’t go the other way with runners in scoring position and hit homers like that. Most can’t do that, and it seems like we’ve got a special player on our hands.”

Alonso’s play is earning him lots of love from Mets fans, but so is his personality. His passion for the game is creating fans in the stands, and in the New York dugout.

“He is kind of made for New York City. He’s hitting homers, running around third base, jumping up in the air and getting the fans pumped up. The other night, when we were making our comeback, he’s in the dugout on the bench looking back at the fans and getting them riled up and waving his hands up and down. He’s embracing this atmosphere. He’s embracing New York, and I’m sure the fans are embracing him back.”

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