BALTIMORE – Pete Alonso for opposite pitchers: Keep doing what you do with these foreign substances.
Mets’ first Bats on Wednesday defended pitchers – who had recently been screened for applying substances to the ball, potentially increasing their advantage over the dough. Instead, Alonso directed his poison to MLB to change baseball this season.
“From the start of the game, pitchers have been using substances,” Alonso said before the Mets faced the Orioles at Camden Yards. “Behind the mound is a bag of rosin to help the boys dry their hands and squeeze. For me whether they use pine tar, rosin, bull frog 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 throwing harder and harder every day and I don̵
Alonso tore MLB to change the ball this season, with the idea of limiting the offensive explosion of recent seasons. Alonso said it was a calculated move to correspond with the superstar class of positional players who will hit the free agent market this season. This is a short class list that includes players like Corey Seeger, Trevor Story and Carlos Korea. Another All-Star was removed from the market in March when Francisco Lindor agreed to a 10-year contract extension with the Mets worth $ 341 million.
“I think the biggest concern is in Major League baseball, which manipulates baseball year after year, depending on the class of the free agency or the boys who are advanced in their arbitration,” Alonso said. “So I think that’s the big problem, because the ball is different every year. In other sports the ball is the same, such as basketball, football, tennis, golf, the ball is the same.
“I think that’s the real problem with changing baseballs, and maybe if the league doesn’t change baseballs, pitchers won’t need to use such sticky things, because for guys who put the ball and throw the ball every day and for every single day. year to change is not fair to people who use it every day and throw it away. “
Alonso cited Kevin Pilar’s funeral last month – the Mets outfielder was hit in the face by a 95-mile-per-hour fastball from Atlanta’s Jacob Webb and got a broken nose – as an example of why it’s wise for MLB to worry less about foreign substances.
“Once we get into these hotter months, the boys start sweating, and if they happen to lose side quickly, we’ve all seen what happened to Kevin Pilar,” Alonso said. “And it’s scary and we’re lucky he only had a broken nose and it could be a lot worse depending on where a person hits. I mean, a fast ball at 100 miles per hour, even though you’re wearing a helmet, which is scary.
“I prefer the boys to have as many sticks as possible and focus on throwing the ball in the field instead of taking it away from them.”