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    Getting To Know: New York Mets Rookie All Star Pete Alonso

    Three Mets, including rookie

    first baseman

    Pete Alonso, were

    selected to the

    All-Star Game,

    this year.Alonso

    will also be one of

    the participants in the Home Run

    Derby on July 8. Entering Sunday’s

    game, Alonso ranks second in the

    majors with 28 home runs. Alonso

    is the fourth Met to make the All-

    Star Game as a rookie, joining Tom

    Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Dwight


    Name: Peter Morgan Alonso

    Born: December 7, 1994 (age

    24) in Tampa, Florida

    Drafted: The New York Mets

    selected Alonso in the second

    round, with the 64th overall

    selection, of the 2016 Major

    League Baseball draft.

    He signed with the Mets for a

    $909,200 signing bonus, and

    spent 2016 with the Brooklyn

    Cyclones of the Class A-Short Season

    New York-Penn League, where

    he posted a .321 batting average

    with five home runs and 21 RBIs

    in thirty games. In 2018 Alonso

    crushed 42 homers in 159 games

    between Double-A Binghamton,

    Triple-A Las Vegas, and the Arizona

    Fall League.

    Which team did you root for

    growing up in Tampa?

    Growing up, I was super spoiled

    because Yankees spring training

    was 10 minutes from my house,

    the Tampa Bay Rays are 35 minutes

    away, and there was a huge

    baseball culture in Tampa. People

    ask all the time who I rooted for

    as a kid. The answer: no one. I had

    no true loyalty to a specific team. I

    just loved baseball. I loved watching

    it just as much as I did playing

    it. I guess you could call me a

    baseball junkie.

    If someone asked you to give

    a scouting report of yourself,

    what would you say? Definitely

    my biggest strength is my bat,

    but also to go with that, one

    thing I take pride in is my aggressive

    approach at the plate. I

    have a real simple but aggressive

    approach. If I see a ball that is

    remotely in my zone, or if I see a

    pitch that I think I can drive, I’m

    going to swing at it, or I’m going

    to take a chance that I’m going to

    take a good hack at it.

    What drives you? My passion.

    I love this game. There’s a lot of

    times where I feel like a fan not

    a player. But I’m lucky enough

    to play this game. I want to be

    known as a winner, I want to be

    known as a guy that can help a

    team win. I just love to compete.

    I think it’s the best game in the


    How do you like playing for the

    New York Mets so far? I feel like

    I’m living the dream. The New

    York Mets seem to treat all their

    ball players great. It doesnt make

    a difference which round you

    were selected in, they treat all

    their players with class. I feel very


    How does it feel to be selected

    to the All Star team your rookie

    season? It’s a dream come true.

    I wouldn’t think in a million years

    I’d be an All-Star as a rookie. It’s

    crazy. It’s a dream come true.