Pete Alonso came up big for the Mets again on Thursday, continuing his All-Star season with a 2-for-4 night including home run and three more RBI, bringing his season total to 91.
As Alonso continues to put up monster numbers, Sal Licata wants to know why the first baseman isn’t talked about alongside other of the league’s stars.
“I almost feel like he’s underrated,” Sal said. “Maybe not locally or by the Mets fan, but he’s not on the level to a lot of people as Aaron Judge. Austin Riley just got paid and everyone is like ‘Look at Austin Riley and this big bat,’ and why are we not looking at Alonso? Maybe some people are, but I just don’t feel like we look at him as that legitimate, star power bat in the middle of the order.”
To take it a step further, Sal says Alonso is going to go down as the best position player in franchise history, above Mike Piazza, Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry, David Wright, or any other name you care to mention.
“When all is said and done, he’s gonna be the greatest Mets position player ever,” Sal said. “Home grown, the numbers he’s putting up. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, and it speaks more to the franchise history, but he’s that guy. He’s that Piazza-like bat in the middle of the order. Why is it not nationally known yet to the level of the other stars around the game?
“What doesn’t he do? He hits for average, can play a little small ball, can hit the other way, drives in runs, obviously has power…I love Pete Alonso. But I just feel like he doesn’t get that level of respect that other star players do.”