New York Mets star Pete Alonso returns to home run derby, ‘super excited’ to swing for third title

New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso will take part in a home run derby in Los Angeles next week.

Major League Baseball made the announcement on Monday On his official Twitter pageConfirms the return of one of Derby’s most successful hitters.

“It’s a really funny incident,” Alonso told reporters at the Mets clubhouse on Monday, ahead of his game against the Braves in Atlanta. “It’s going to be very exciting, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Last year, in Denver, Alonso became the third back-to-back home run derby champion, beating the Baltimore Orioles ’first baseman, Trey Mancini. Alonso scored 74 home runs – a total of 6.35 miles – on the way to the crown.

“I think I’m the best power heater on the planet,” Alonso said after winning last year. “Being able to show it and present a fun performance for the fans, I think it was like a dream come true for me because my parents told me to watch it when I was younger. Let it happen before you go to bed. It was one of the few nights of the year where I had to spend my sleep, just look at the incredible feats you don’t see in a regular baseball game. “

And now next Monday Dodger Stadium will be his stage, as the Mets star takes a break from the regular season and New York fans expect to run after the season. The Mets entered with a 53-33 record on Monday and finished first in the National League East. Alonso is leading the team with 23 home runs and 70 RBIs with an average of .273 batting.

Last year – while New York bench coach Dave Joss was playing him – Alonso joined Ken Griffi Jr. (1998-99) and Eoinis Cespedis (2013-14) and completed the crowd at Course Field with a total of 23 finals. ) To win consecutive titles

“It’s just surreal,” Alonso said at the time. “It’s really just a blessing.”

Alonso confirmed on Monday that Joss will be his pitcher again next week.

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