BALTIMORE – Pete Alonso speaks to opposing pitchers: Keep doing what you do with foreign substances.
The Mets’ first baseman on Wednesday defended the pitcher – who has recently undergone a thorough scrutiny for substance use on the ball that could increase his batter advantage. Alonso has shifted his venom towards MLB to turn baseball this season.
“Since the start of the game The pitchers were using different substances,” Alonso said before the Mets faced the Orioles at Camden Yards. “There was a bag of rosin behind the hill to help men dry their hands and hold them. Bullfrog or sunscreen and rosin or whatever they want to use to control the ball. let them use it
“I go into the box every day. And I see them kick harder every day. and i don̵7;t want 99 [mph] slipped out of someone’s hand because they didn’t feel enough.”
Alonso tore up MLB for replacing the ball this season with the idea of reducing last season’s offensive blow. Alonso said it was a move calculated to match the player’s superstar level, a position to enter the free agent market this offseason. It is the only shortstop class to feature players such as Corey Seager, Trevor Story and Carlos Correa. Another All-Star was removed from the market in March when Francisco Lindor agreed to a 10-year contract extension with the United States. Mets worth $341 million
“I think the biggest concern is that Major League Baseball handles baseball year after year depending on the independent class or the guy in the advanced section of their arbitration,” Alonso said. “So I think that’s a big problem. The ball is different every year. In other sports, the ball is the same, such as basketball, football, tennis, golf, and the ball is the same.
“I think that’s the real problem with changing the ball. And maybe if the league doesn’t change baseball pitchers, they won’t need as much sticky stuff. every day and every years to make it change It is unfair to people who use it every day and throw it away.”
Alonso cited Kevin Pillar’s bloom last month – the Mets’ outfield player was hit by a 95 mph fastball from Atlanta’s Jacob Webb and broke his nose – as an example of why MLB should be wary of the substance. less foreign
“As we enter the warmer months, The man began to sweat. and if they lose their arm fastball We all saw what happened to Kevin Pillar,” Alonso said. And we’re lucky he just broke his nose. And it could be much worse. It depends on where it hits the guy. I mean a 100mph fastball, even if you’re wearing a scary helmet.
“I want the men to hold as many canes as possible and focus on throwing the ball into the penalty area. instead of taking the ball from them.”