New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso certainly has people talking for reasons that have little to do with him crushing bombs on outfield walls.
Alonso he raised his eyes on wednesday when he told reporters that he thinks MLB has “manipulated” balls “year after year depending on the kind of free agency, or the guys who are in an advanced part of their refereeing.” According to The Associated Press (h / t ESPN), Mets interim general manager Zack Scott has been enraged at the idea that MLB buffers balls to prevent free agency hitters from getting paid or balls affecting player’s checks. future free agency pitchers pay.
“I didn’t know Pete was a conspiracy theorist,” Scott said as he chuckled before Game 1 of Friday’s series between the Mets and the San Diego Padres.
Scott added: “The way teams value and evaluate performance is relative to levels, so we are not going to be fooled by offense being too high or too low. We are going to look at the players relative to how they are doing. playing the league. So it would not influence how players are valued or paid. ”
Alonso explained Wednesday that he and his teammates are sure something suspicious has happened in recent years.
“That’s a fact,” he said at the time. “The guys have talked about it, but in 2019, there was a great class of free agent pitchers, and that’s juicy balls in quotes. 2020 was a strange year with the COVID season, but now that we’re back to playing. a regular season with a lot of shortstops or position players who are owed and paid a lot of money. It’s not a coincidence, and I think it’s definitely something they do. ”
As the AP noted, MLB has yet to respond to Alonso’s controversial comments, which have sparked conversations among fan pockets that there may be something to the 26-year-old’s allegations.
Let the debates come alive.