After an unforgettable rookie year in 2019, Mets 1B Pete Alonso looks for more at the plate as he prepares for his second MLB season. With those aspirations in mind, Alonso approaches 2020 accordingly.
Down in Port St. Lucie, Fla. for Spring Training, Alonso provided SNY's Todd Zeile with an inside peek at that process. Alonso, who slashed .260/.358/.566 with an MLB rookie single-season record 53 home runs and 120 RBI, reported Saturday to Port St. Lucie and has hit the ground running.
During Wednesday's 1-on-1 segment with Zeile, an SNY analyst and former Met himself from 2000-01 and in '04, Alonso broke down how he carries his practice routine into game situations.
"So I have a tee routine that I do, first and foremost," Alonso said. "I usually do that just to get a feel, get my bearings on who I am that day. As you know, you're so many different versions of yourself throughout 162 games of the season. So which guy wakes up is a little bit different. So the tee is a good foundation to get everything working.
"... Chad Kreuter, who's now the Triple-A (Syracuse Mets) manager here, he was with (Alex Rodriguez) and Edgar Martinez (with the Seattle Mariners in 1995). So he was just in the cage with those two and Edgar, being the awesome, incredible hitter he is.
"Basically, I want to hit the ball sideways or get behind the ball and stay inside the ball. So basically, you get out in front and you want to hit a line drive directly to the side. It keeps me inside the baseball, keeps me behind the baseball and without a stride, so closed. (So you're working) hands and also your hips because in order to be on plane, you need to have your entire trunk activated and on plane with your hands."