After putting together one of the most impressive rookie seasons in MLB history, Pete Alonso is ready for more.
Speaking at Mets Fan Fest on Saturday, Alonso discussed what areas of his game he can still improve on heading into his second big-league season, how anxious he is to get back on the field with his teammates, and more.
Additionally, Alonso gave his strong endorsement of Luis Rojas as the Mets new manager.
Here are three takeaways from Alonso's media session on Saturday:
On areas of his game he's looking to improve heading into 2020
"For me, I just want to be as dynamic as possible. Obviously, I had a good offensive year, but if I can have more plate discipline, who knows how that will translate. My goal is to capitalize on every single pitch that's given. If it's a hittable, drivable pitch, I want to capitalize. And if I take a controlled, aggressive swing and have a good approach, have a good plan, that's all I can do. If I square it up, I square it up, if I don't, then on to the next pitch.
"I just want to win, and I think preparation and hard work is going to translate to success. I can't think about my stat line and I can't think about this and that. I'm thinking about how to beat Max Scherzer. I'm thinking about how to bear Aaron Nola, other aces. This is going to be a tough division and I've got to bring my A game every single day. Hopefully just thinking about the day-to-day process, that will translate to goo stats at the end of the year."
On becoming a more complete player
"I just want to be more fine-tuned. I want to be a complete player. I want to run the bases well. I want to field well and I want to hit well. I want to do everything I can to help my team win. That's it. I want to be a complete player and be the best I can be to help my team win. So anything that we need - If I need to go first to third, I want to be able to do that. If I need to score from second, I want to be able to do that. If I need to make a diving play, I need to be able to pull that out of my back pocket. I just want to be a smart, complete baseball player."
On wanting to get back on the field as soon as possible
"I love playing ball. I feel like a little kid out there. It feels like home. I just love being at the yard. I love taking ground ball. I love hitting. I just love everything that has to do with baseball. Every time I step out on the field like preparing myself for spring training or every time I step into the weight room, it's like 'God, after this workout it's one more day closer, one more workout closer, one batting session closer.'
"I'm just really excited, and we're like, what, two weeks away? It's going to be a fun year and I'm just so excited. We've got such a great group, and we have some awesome additions. It's going to be awesome."