Player Profiles — New York Mets

Pete Alonso

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By Matt Ehalt A polar bear has found his home in New York City. It’s hard to find a better match among player and city than the one between Mets first baseman Pete Alonso – affectionately known as the Polar Bear – and the Big Apple. Alonso’s charismatic, outgoing and team-first approach to the game, in addition to his potent bat, has made him a huge hit in Gotham. It all started in 2019 when Alonso, a second-round draft pick from the University of Florida, produced a rookie season that most could only dream of. The Tampa native worked his...

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Michael Conforto

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By Matt Ehalt Athletic excellence flows throughout the Conforto family. Mets outfielder Michael Conforto’s mother, Tracie, is a three-time Olympic medalist swimmer. His father, Mike, played linebacker for Penn State in the 1970s. Michael has continued the athletic tradition by becoming one of the most beloved homegrown Mets in recent years. The sweet-swinging lefty helps anchor the middle of their lineup. It didn’t take Conforto long to leave his mark in the majors with the Washington native playing in the World Series just 16 months after being drafted. The Mets selected Conforto with the 10th pick in the 2014 draft following...

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Francisco Lindor

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By John Perrotto Francisco Lindor’s first thought after being traded to the New York Mets from the Cleveland Indians was not about baseball. “Pizza,” the star shortstop said in his introductory Zoom call with the New York media following the trade in early January. “I was thinking I was going to be playing in a city with great pizza.” Perhaps it is fitting that Lindor loves pizza. After all, he plays baseball with a lot of pizzazz. A wide smile never seems to leave the 27-year-old’s face whether he is on the field, in the clubhouse or signing autographs for...

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Jacob deGrom

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By Matt Ehalt The 40,133 fans who packed Citi Field on May 15, 2014, had no idea the Mets’ debuting pitcher that night would eventually be on course to be remembered as one of the best players in franchise history. And it’s not their fault. Jacob deGrom wasn’t a top prospect. He wasn’t a top draft pick. He didn’t come from a collegiate baseball powerhouse. Heck, he wasn’t even the top rookie pitcher called up for that series against the Yankees, with most of the buzz surrounding the previous day’s starter, Rafael Montero. All deGrom has done since then is...

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