The Mets are now 5.0 games back of the second NL Wild Card spot with six games to play, and while the season has had it's share of highs and lows, the rookie performance of Pete Alonso is right at the top of the list of bright spots.
Alonso enters Tuesday's game against Miami hitting .264 with an NL-best 50 home runs to go along with 115 RBI.
The 24-year-old has quickly ascended into a leadership role with the Mets, so much so that even his manager is putting him among the likes of one of the most respected players to ever suit up for the team.
"Pete's a special guy. I think we've said this before, he's the next David Wright in this organization. There's no doubt in my mind," Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday. "He's a superstar, people are drawn to him, and there's a reason why, because everything he does is authentic and it comes from a place of winning. It's never about Pete Alonso, and I think that shows through to everybody."
With how quickly Alonso has grown into a leader inside the Mets' clubhouse, could Alonso join Wright on one of the most illustrious lists in Mets' history? Wright is one of just four Mets ever to officially hold the title of captain, along with Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, and John Franco.
According to Callaway, Alonso could be next, but that would likely be something that comes a little further down the road, but the rookie certainly has what it takes.
"Captain is a special thing, a very rare thing. He definitely has all of the attributes," said Callaway. "It takes a while to be a captain. You're not going to do it after your rookie season, probably not after three years in the big leagues, but he has all those attributes that you want in a captain and a leader. I can't say it's going to happen, but if anybody could fulfill that role, Pete Alonso could."
What could come in Alonso's more immediate future, though, could be an MVP award, according to Callaway, who believes the first baseman needs to be considered for the award, especially if he breaks the all-time rookie home run record, set by Aaron Judge in 2017.
"What he's already done has been spectacular," said Callaway. "I would love for him to break that record and win an MVP, because I think he's right in the running for that. I mean, we could have an MVP, a Rookie of the Year, and a Cy Young winner, and that's pretty cool. I think that Pete is getting pretty close, and if he gets there, they have to consider him for MVP."