Mets prospect Peter Alonso reiterated Wednesday that he was "disappointed" to not get called up this season, but that he'll use it as motivation to get better for next season.
"Pretty much it was just like a business decision," Alonso said as he and the other Mets' Sterling Award winners were honored at Citi Field. "I respect that. I'm just gonna keep continuing to get better."
The 23-year-old Alonso, who hit .285/.395/.579 with 36 homers, 31 doubles, and 119 RBI in 132 games this season between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas, will play in the Arizona Fall League. And his eye remains on Citi Field.
"It's really amazing being here at Citi Field," Alonso said. "Citi Field is a cathedral. It's an incredible place to play."
At the time of their decision to not promote Alonso, Mets assistant GM John Ricco cited playing time as a reason why.
"To have Pete come up and really just sit didn't make a lot of sense," he said. In August, Ricco hinted that Alonso's defense was another factor preventing a late-season call-up.
Alonso's agents, Adam Karon and Tripper Johnson of SCK Sports, took issue at the time with the Mets' decision.
"It is disheartening for Peter after producing an historically great season and exceeding every request from the Mets player development staff," Karon and Johnson said, according to James Wagner. "I'm sure it is equally disheartening for Mets fans who would enjoy watching and getting to know one of the more talented and entertaining players they've developed in years."
Asked Wednesday about the comments from his agents, Alonso backed them, saying they were simply doing their job.