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Pete Alonso, A Met For Life

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In the MLB today, not many ball players think about staying with one team their whole careers, as many factors have come into play.

But in the last two decades, there have been a number of guys that have chosen to stick with the one club that gave them the opportunity to live out their dreams of playing in the majors. Players such as Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Ryan Braun, Matt Cain, John Danks, Andre Ethier, Brett Gardner. Alex Gordon, Todd Helton, Felix Hernandez, Bobby Higginson, Ryan Howard, Chipper Jones, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Joe Mauer, Yadier Molina, Dustin Pedroia, Glen Perkins, , Buster Posey, Brad Radke, Tim Salmon, Kyle Seager, Scot Shields, Stephen Strasburg, Chris Tillman, Jason Varitek, Adam WainwrightRyan Zimmerman, and David Wright.

Of the players listed above, only five did not get drafted by their teams,  Danks, Ethier, Tillman, Varitek and Wainwright.

For a variety of reasons players choose to leave teams, either because other clubs are vying for their services, by luring them away with big money contracts, or they have organizations choosing to trade away a player when either a team or the player underachieves, or an organization decides that saving on their budgets and ridding the huge contracts is more important.

One name that stands out today, who has the potential to end his career with the same club that drafted him and has been in the news as a possible trade bait in June, is Pete Alonso.

Alonso, was drafted by the Mets in the 2nd Round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Since then, he made his MLB debut in 2019, won the Rookie of the Year and was an All Star that same season, while breaking the Rookie HR record with 53, surpassing cross-town rival Aaron Judge, who reached that feat in 2017 with 52 home runs.

The Mets have only made the postseason once in Alonso’s tenure. In that same season (2022) they won 101 games, but faulted down the stretch, losing the division crown to the Atlanta Braves and bowing out to the San Diego Padres in the first round of the Wild Card Series.

None of which is Alonso’s own doing, but when teams decide to give out big money contracts, it’s to players that will continue to impact the everyday lineup.

Pete Alonso is that huge presence in the middle of the Mets lineup. He can have a bad season with the batting average, as he did in 2023 when he batted just .217,but still came up with clutch hits.

Since his big home run season in 2019, he hit 16 in a shortened 60 game 2020 season, 37 in 152 games in 2021, 40 in 160 games in 2022 and 46 in 154 games in 2023. Currently, Alonso has six home runs through 16 games and has his bating average just above .250.

This decision is almost a no-brainer for the Mets brass. If they want to win in the near future, you build a team around Alonso, Francisco Lindor and Brandon Nimmo. There are no other options right now in the organization where a player can impact the team as much as Alonso has and continues to do. And if the Mets are thinking of what they would bring back by trading Alonso, it better be a prolific home run hitter, that can also stay on the field for at least 150 games a season and impact any game with one swing.  If that option is not available, you give Alonso the money, making the contract last for the rest of his career.

On Monday, after the Mets retired Dwight Gooden‘s #16 jersey, Alonso looked at that as a feat worth achieving one day. He also shared with Mike Puma of the New York Post, about the possibility of playing his entire career as a Met, “That is definitely something I have thought about and something that would be so incredibly special. It’s something that in today’s game is super rare. Very select few people get to do that.”

Alonso is correct, as very few people get to stay with one club, but if the Mets are smart, they can make him just one of four players who are Met lifers, Ron Hodges, Ed Kranepool and David Wright.

As in his own words, it sure looks like Alonso wants to stay, so its up to the Mets to make it happen and keep their most prolific power hitter since the days of Mike Piazza, in the Blue and Orange for the rest of his playing career.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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