Ranking the New York Mets First Basemen of the Last 20 Seasons

The first base spot has multiple one-year wonders throughout the New York Mets franchise history. Over the last 20 seasons, the position has a good mix of homegrown talent and outside boppers to add punch to the lineup.

1. Pete Alonso (2019)

No disrespect to Carlos Delgado, but Pete Alonso‘s 2019 season puts him at the top of the class. Alonso exceeded and smashed every record and milestone set in front of him. He hit .260/.358/.583 with a major league-leading and rookie record-breaking 53 home runs. Alonso won the home run derby, made the All-Star team, and won the Rookie of the Year award all in his first season with the Mets.

2. Carlos Delgado (2006-2009)

When Carlos Delgado arrived to the Mets in 2006, he was the exact leader a young Mets infield needed. He did not hit for average like his Toronto days, but his power remained. Before a hip injury ended Delgado’s career, he was hitting .298 with four home runs and 23 RBIs at age-37. In the three years prior, he averaged 33 homers and 105 RBIs to go along with a top-10 MVP finish.

3. Lucas Duda (2010-17)

Originally used as an outfielder, Lucas Duda did not solely play first base every day until 2014. Loaded with a powerful bat to all parts of the field, he also could get white-hot at any moment. Duda hit 125 home runs and peaked at 30 during 2014. He also became a fan and clubhouse favorite during his Mets tenure.

4. Ike Davis (2010-2014)

Unfortunately, the story of Ike Davis is one of “what could have been?” After a good rookie season with 19 home runs and 71 runs driven in, Davis followed up in 2011 but starting out hitting .302 with seven home runs through his first 36 games. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury, which suddenly killed his momentum. Davis hit 32 home runs the following season but only had 21 during his final three seasons in New York. After the injury, he never figured out a consistent batting stance and swing, which eventually led to him being out of baseball by 30.

5. Todd Zeile (2000-01, 04)

Never an All-Star type of player, Todd Zeile was a very reliable big leaguer. He spent two different stints in Flushing, and during his first, he had to fill John Olerud’s shoes. Zeile complemented the top tier Mets infield well, putting up two similar years with the only difference coming in his home run totals. During his final at-bat in 2004, he homered to cap off his 16-year career.

6. Wilmer Flores (2013-2018)

2018 was the only season where Wilmer Flores played a majority of first base. He adapted to the position well as it was the only one he could still play. Flores batted .267/.314/.405 with 20 double when playing first.

7. James Loney (2016)

The Mets needed a veteran to replace the injured Lucas Duda during 2016, and James Loney filled the role perfectly. The reliable Loney did not put the team on his back but certainly did not hurt them either. He played the stellar defense he was known for, and despite hitting for the lowest average of his career, he had his highest slugging percentage since 2013. Loney’s signature moment was his home run against the Philadelphia Phillies to help clinch a wild card spot.

8. Daniel Murphy (2008-15)

Daniel Murphy spent time at first base during the early years of his career after the left-field experiment failed miserably. In 2009 and 2011, he played a combined 152 games at first base; he missed 2010 due to a knee injury. During 2009, Murphy’s 12 homers led the team, and in 2011 he hit .320, which was his highest with the Mets.

9. Mo Vaughn (2002-03)

Injuries kept Mo Vaughn from playing during 2001, but the Mets took a risk on him for the 2002 season. Vaughn made the most of his season with 26 home runs and 72 runs batted in, playing in 139 games. Unfortunately, injuries plagued him in 2003, where he only played in 27 games and missed the entire 2004 season to end his career. His long home run, three quarters up on the Shea Stadium scoreboard, is his memorable Mets moment.

10. Doug Mientkiewicz (2005)

In 2005 plan A was Carlos Delgado. But the settled for plan B in Doug Mientkiewicz. He came to the Mets during a transition season between rebuilding and contending. Mientkiewicz lost his starting job to Mike Jacobs due to poor play, but he bounced back to finish at .240 with 11 homers.

New York Mets: Alonso and Stroman Voice Opinions on the Protests

Let me guess your reaction to this article. It is either “the athletes should stick to sports” or “it is good to see the players using their platforms in a good way.” Those reactions sum up the way the world operates where everyone has to be on one side or the other.

Following the events surrounding the death of George Floyd, the country dove deeper into chaos and divide. Pete Alonso and Marcus Stroman are two of the vocal leaders in the New York Mets locker room and made their voices heard on social media.

The Mets’ first baseman showed his fearlessness to express his opinion on a pressing matter. His perspective is from someone who has never faced discrimination but showed his support for equality in the country. Throughout his tenure as a Met, he quickly became a leader for the franchise. Alonso kept it simple with a black background and white letters for his Instagram story.

He wanted people to know he is on their side for the battle and will continue to use his voice for change. Fans may forget his support for first responders throughout the 2019 season. He donated part of his home run derby winnings to them, bought the 9/11 memorial cleats for the entire team, and wore them without the MLB’s permission. Alonso also was denied to wear first responder hats during the game but donated the cleats to the 9/11 memorial.

Stroman’s Perspective

Stroman put together a few tweets expressing his disappointment and anger with racism in America. Never shy to voice his opinion, he has lived through discrimination based on color and his height. It has created a strong attitude and character that some people love, and others hate.

In April, he challenged NASCAR drive, Kyle Larson, to a fight after Larson’s use of a racial slur during a virtual race. Stroman has never backed down from anyone and is as vocal as anyone in the sport, especially when it comes to race issues.

The Yankees And Mets Are Stepping Up To The Plate During The Pandemic

Right now we’re heading into the end of May and we’d just be wrapping up the second month of the Yankees and Mets season. Two months with no baseball in May is a weird feeling.  Like many of you, fans and players alike, I’m really missing baseball. 

Some players have been keeping baseball around by watching old games, playing MLB The Show, or simply just playing catch. 

New York has been hit the hardest by this Coronavirus. And times like this really show what people are made of.  After 9/11 people really came together, really stepped up. If I could take away one thing from this tragic time, it’s all the good that people are doing. 

In times like these, you look to your idols. And our superstars of New York, past and present have really stepped up. From legends like Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter to future legends, Pete Alonso and Aaron Judge. Different players have been helping out in different ways, from donating food and medical supplies to auctioning off memorabilia for charity.  

How have the Yankees and Mets stepped up?

Former Yankees, CC Sabathia, and Mariano Rivera have been hands-on, with donating meals to those in need. Sabathia and his wife Amber, with the help of their PitCCh In Foundation, has been donating meals to the Boys And Girls Club once a week in the Bronx and their hometown in California. They’ve also teamed up with Fresh Direct for their “Operation 5 Borough Food Drive” which is helping feed kids across New York City.

Along with celebrating health care workers and donating headphones to students in New York City, Yankees rookie of the year and star outfielder Aaron Judge joined in on the “All In Challenge”. As well as Yankees manager Aaron Boone, CC Sabathia, the New York Yankees organization, and others. The “All in Challenge” is where fans can donate money for raffle tickets for a chance to win once in a lifetime experiences like on-field passes, dinner with the players, and more. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to No Kid Hungry, Meals on wheels, Feeding America, World Central Kitchen, and America’s Food Fund.

Aaron Judge’s foundation the “All Rise Foundation” has granted the Boys and Girls Club of America a mini-grant to help launch the “club on the go” program. A program that provides kits to kids with healthy snacks and learning activities to help prevent kids from falling behind during the pandemic.

Another former Yankees legend, Derek Jeter is auctioning off the 2014 All-Star jersey that he wore in his final All-Star game to raise money for the “All In Challenge”

Along with that, Jeter has stated he will be forgoing his salary during the pandemic, and the Marlins have committed $1 million to help the ballpark employees during this time. 

Giancarlo Stanton also donated 15,000 reusable face shields to health care workers in both New York City, and Southern California. Also both the Mets and Yankees have created funds for their employees to get paid during this time that there is no baseball. 

And the new Yankees Pitcher Gerrit Cole may not have even played his first game in pinstripes yet but is stepping up. Cole and his wife, through their foundation, the “Gerrit and Amy Cole Foundation” are donating to Direct Relief, which is an organization that coordinates with nonprofit organizations, and public health authorities to provide essential medical items and PPE to healthcare workers responding to Covid-19.

Pete Alonso may also be a newer addition to New York but has stepped up to the plate in a big way during this pandemic. Looking to give back, Pete and his Fiancé launched their new foundation “Homers For Heroes”. A foundation looking to honor our everyday heroes such as front line workers, veterans, teachers, and coaches.

In March Alonso sent a video message to an 82-year-old life long Mets fan who was just diagnosed with cancer, after her granddaughter took to twitter to reach out to the Mets. The one thing that could really help her during this time was watching her team play. But being that there was no baseball due to the pandemic, Alonso did the next best thing.  Alonso is not only a great player on the field but a great guy off the field as well.

Another Met and Fellow New Yorker, Steven Matz donated $32,000 to hospitals and first responders in NYC through his TRU32 charity. A charity that he started in 2016 to honor the FDNY, NYPD, and Military.

The one story that really stood out to me, was Nick’s Gourmet Deli in East Elmhurst that was closing their doors for good the day the Mets called and asked his deli to provide 1,000 meals. With even more meals in the days to follow. 

The Mets have also donated food from other small businesses which are also helping them to stay open. 

They also helped donate cases of produce to food banks in the local area along with 4,500 meals to health care staff on the front lines. I really applaud the Mets for this move, they are truly paying it forward and helping out their community. 

I always say I’m a die-hard New Yorker, that being a New Yorker is just part of who I am. And these teams represent our city, and couldn’t be more proud of the guys representing it.

Alexa, play New York, New York. 

New York Mets: Who may rival Pete Alonso for the NL’s home run crown?

Last season, New York Mets‘ fans couldn’t see their team advance to the playoffs despite a late push in August and the first half of September. However, they enjoyed the season for several seasons, and the primary one was probably the rise to stardom of one of the organization’s prized rookies: Pete Alonso.

In his first season in the Big Show, the Mets’ first baseman hit only .260, but had a league-leading 53 home runs (which broke the record for a rookie set by Aaron Judge in 2017) and drove in 120 runs.

In the process, Alonso bettered some notable sluggers in the old circuit. Eugenio Suarez (49) Cody Belliner (47) Christian Yelich (44) Nolan Arenado (41) Ronald Acuña (41) and Freddie Freeman (38) saw the Mets’ slugger from behind.

With 2020 in mind, who are the primary candidates to displace Alonso as the Home Run King in the National League? Here is a look:

Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

Yelich was well on his way to surpass 50 home runs when an injury ended his season prematurely. He was perhaps on a similar pace than the New York Mets’ youngster. With 44 dingers in only 130 games, Yelich has developed into a truly dangerous hitter and is perhaps the strongest candidate to lead the league in 2020.

Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers

Bellinger knocked 47 balls out of the park in 2019 and has the kind of sweet, short and powerful swing to be among the home run leaders for years to come.

Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

A perennial 40-home run hitter who plays his home games in Coors Field, Nolan Arenado is a no-brainer in this list. Don’t be surprised if he hits a similar number of home runs than the Mets’ star.

Juan Soto, Washington Nationals

Soto is not necessarily a slugger, by definition. Actually, he is a well-balanced hitter that goes to the plate with a plan. That results in lots of walks and hard contact, but he isn’t the old-fashioned thumper that goes to the plate with a home run in his mind.

That said, he has the potential of doing whatever he wants at the plate. If he wants to hit more balls out of the park, he is in the right organization: the Nationals are known for embracing concepts like launch angle and they know the value of a well-struck fly ball.

Soto’s batted ball profile is perfect as it is (21.2% line drives, 41.6% grounders and 37.2% fly balls, with plenty of hard contact) but if he so decides, he can lift his swing a little bit more and enter the truly elite when it comes to sluggers.

New York Mets: Pete Alonso explains how he balanced chase for rookie home run record with playoff run

The New York Mets finished the 2019 season with a 86-76 record, good for third place in the National League East division but seven games away from a spot in the postseason. Despite that, they were actually in a playoff run for the entire month of August and most of September.

While the Mets tried to make October baseball, first baseman Pete Alonso was on a record-breaking home run pace. He ended up smashing the previous mark for a rookie, finishing with 53.

This week, the reigning Rookie of the Year explained, in the Cookie Club (cited by SNY) that he pressed for a week after hitting number 51, and that it wasn’t easy to balance his chase for the record with the Mets’ playoff hunt.

“I think it really set in after I hit number 40 in Kansas City, where it’s like — I’m gonna say it — ‘holy sh-t, I’ve got a chance at this.’ But I can’t try and do it, because we’re in a playoff run. if there’s a guy on second (base), I gotta try and get a base hit and move him over. I can’t just try and hit homers. I gotta be a good hitter first.

The Mets’ team player

“Chasing a personal accolade and chasing a playoff berth, I feel like those are two totally opposite — it’s a conflict of interest. Because one thing is very, very personal, and the other thing is extremely team-related. And for me, I tried the best I could to be just a great team player, and I feel like just staying within myself helped me get that chance to hit 52 and 53.”

With the New York Mets already out of playoff contention, Alonso hit his 53rd home run in the final weekend of the season against the Atlanta Braves. That was enough to overcome Aaron Judge’s 52 round-trippers in 2017.

After his dominant power display last season, the Mets’ young slugger is poised to terrorize opposing pitchers for years to come.

Comedian takes New York Mets’ slugger Pete Alonso through highlights of his rookie season

The New York Mets did it: they managed to develop one of the most feared home run hitters in the major leagues in Pete Alonso, a 25-year-old masher that will likely terrorize National League pitchers for years to come.

His rookie season was filled with highlights, even though the ultimate goal, which was to advance to the postseason, wasn’t met. Sometimes, it is difficult to explain these moments and the emotions they create. Alonso himself said at different points last season that he didn’t know how to explain them. After all, he made his big league debut, he broke the Mets’ franchise record for round-trippers, and he became the rookie with the most home runs in a single season with 53.

However, and thankfully, other people knew how to explain these iconic moments and put words on them. According to MLB.com, earlier this year, the Mets’ young slugger went for a car ride with comedian Jim Breuer, who played a series of radio highlights from Alonso’s rookie season for a video segment that launched on YouTube over the weekend.

The Mets enjoyed a successful debut season from their star first baseman

Alonso could listen to the radio calls of his first career home run, the one that broke the New York Mets’ franchise record (his 42nd) and his 53rd and final home run of the season, to overcome Aaron Judge’s 52 taters from the 2017 season.

“Last year was one of the greatest in history for baseball, for yourself, for the Mets, for just fans in general,” Breuer said. “You know what you did. But some of the excitement that you may not know about is a lot on the radio, Mets radio. To me, they’re some of the best broadcasters in the world.”

Alonso smiled as he heared the calls from WCBS 880 broadcasters Howie Rose and Wayne Randazzo.

“The whole season, you looked like you were in the greatest theme park in history, and you just couldn’t believe you had tickets to be there,” Breuer said. “You enjoy moments.”

“He was very down to earth, very grounded,” Breuer said. “I could not believe how humble, and the honest, good-spirited kid he is. He loves the game.”

Alonso confessed a few weeks ago that he often looks at highlights of the 2019 season with joy.
The ride with Breuer gave the young New York Mets’ star another chance to enjoy and savour those moments.

“To have that record, it’s crazy,” Alonso said. “But to be honest with you, I hope someone breaks it, because for me, I want someone to experience that.”

New York Mets’ Pete Alonso: “I can almost sniff the season”

New York Mets‘ fans sure hope that Pete Alonso’s nose doesn’t lie. The hulking first baseman, reigning National League home run champion and Rookie of the Year recently said on his Instagram account that he can almost smell the start of the season.

Major League Baseball decided to stop its operations in mid-March due to concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic that has affected lives in some many ways and in several countries around the world.

The virus has killed thousands of Americans, so health authorities, MLB and the players association are thinking things very carefully before making a decision on when to return. The New York Mets should have played their 39th game of the season on Saturday, an afternoon battle against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Instead, each player is at home, working out individually and limited to social distancing rules. Mets manager Luis Rojas constantly checks on players and staff via his phone and the Internet.

The Mets’ ambassador

Alonso is the Mets’ heart and soul, a status that he earned both on and off the field. He hit 53 dingers on his debut season, and he got involved in the community, as well, in a positive way. Newyorkers love him, and he loves New York.

“I can almost sniff the season,” Alonso wrote. “It’s getting so close.” A June spring training with a start of the regular season in July is gaining traction these days around MLB headquarters. However, nothing is set in stone as of now. The pandemic will dictate whether it’s possible for baseball to come back at some point in the summer or not.

Of course, the Mets’ slugger is eager to return as soon as possible. He even endorsed the possibility of returning sooner with no fans in the stands, saying “whatever cards we’re dealt, we gotta play them.”

Alonso misses the Mets and baseball so much that he even confessed he has seen highlights of the 2019 season several times during the break. Let’s just hope we can have sports back soon and that the environment is safe.

New York Mets’ Pete Alonso strongly supports the return of the black uniforms

The black uniform that the New York Mets used from 1998 to 2012 are quite popular. And now, they have a new declared fan in slugger Pete Alonso, the reigning Rookie of the Year and home run king of the Major Leagues, no less.

A few days ago, Alonso expressed his desire for the Mets to bring back the black jersey tops. Recently, though, he went on to explain that he doesn’t just want them back, “we need them back.

“The reason why I love the black uniforms so much, [is] when I think of the New York Mets, I think of Pedro [Martinez],” Alonso continued. “I think of Mike Piazza. I think of Edgardo Alfonzo. I think of Cliff Floyd. David Wright wore the blacks. Carlos Beltrán wore the blacks. I think of so many just electric players that wore the black.”

“When I think of that, I imagine and put in my mind 45,000 people blacked out, screaming down the necks of whoever’s in that opposing dugout. It’s a mentality, and it’s an attitude.”

What should the Mets do?

The uniform is certainly popular and it has sparked a nice debate on social media in the last few days.

And while the Mets’ first baseman has been among the most vocal supporters of the black uniforms, he is not the only one. Stars ranging from pitcher Marcus Stroman to utility players J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith have also said they would like for them to return.

Polls on Twitter have shown that the black jersey tops have nearly 80 percent of popularity among fans. However, New York Mets’ officials have declined to comment on the matter and they have said that they won’t discuss the subject publicly.

The story goes that the Mets, upon their birth in 1962, borrowed the blue from the Dodgers and the orange from the Giants, as a way to remember their past.

New York Mets: Does Pete Alonso have what it takes to be captain one day?

In a matter of a few months, New York Mets‘ slugger Pete Alonso was crowned the NL Rookie of the Year, the league’s home run king with a record for rookies (53 blasts), he has brought joy to a longtime Mets fan, he has crashed a Zoom high school class, he has created his own foundation to help in times of crisis, and he has managed to captivate an entire city.

The Mets’ first baseman plays with passion and joy and his confidence, passion and leadership leave us all wondering: is he future Mets’ captain material? All of those traits remind us to a team legend: David Wright.

Whereas Twitter didn’t exist when Wright broke into the scene, Alonso has taken that resource to his advantage, constantly interacting with fans. He even popularized a hashtag to support the New York Mets: #LFGM.

All of that has created a background voice among fans that is slowly, but surely growing: his case to be captain some day is beginning to materialize.

The last Mets’ captain, Wright, spoke about the subject on the Metrospective Podcast with Pete McCarthy and Tim Britton.

“It seems like he’s got a big personality. It seems like he’s genuine when he opens his mouth. It seems like he’s gonna be able to back up what he did his rookie year for years to come,” Wright said, cited by SNY. “I think it starts with producing on the field, and he’s certainly proven that he’s the type of guy that you can build around — slot him in the middle of the lineup and he’ll be a run-producing machine.”

“I get asked all the time, ‘what does it take to be named captain’ or ‘what does it take to become a leader?’ I think the answer is fairly easy, (it’s) just be genuine, just be yourself. And if your teammates start looking at you in that regard, that’s how you gain the respect of that clubhouse.”

Leading the Mets by example

For years, Wright was a star on the field. However, he also led the Mets by example, something that Derek Jeter did in his time with the Yankees.

“It isn’t going around and being the loudest guy or being the biggest talker or anything like that,” Wright said. “It’s just being genuine. … the guys that I looked up to as a rookie or my first couple of years were guys that led by example. Put the work in behind the scenes. If something needed to be said, pulling them aside — not in front of the cameras and the media. And dealing with your business that way. So those were the types of guys that I followed when I was a younger player and that’s the type of leader that I wanted to be.”

“I was gonna go out there and play the game hard, play the game the right way, prepare correctly, and hopefully guys followed that.”

New York Mets’ Pete Alonso wants to work out with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski

Pete Alonso, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year and the face of the New York Mets, lives in Tampa, Florida. He, according to the New York Post, is a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the city’s NFL team.

Knowing that much, you would think that he was thrilled to know that Tom Brady will be the team’s quarterback for the next two years. And, you would also think that he was ecstatic to know that Rob Gronkowski, arguably the most dominant tight end of the last decade, came out of his retirement to join TB12 in his newest adventure in Florida.

Brady and Gronkowski won three Super Bowls together with the New England Patriots. However, this offseason, the team in Foxboro let Brady walk and he signed with the Bucs.

Alonso is “pumped” as a Bucs fan

“I’m pumped,’’ Alonso told The Post this week when he announced his new foundation: http://www.homers4heroes.org. “Tom and Gronk in town. That fires me up. Fire the cannons, baby.’’

To say that Brady and Gronkowski were a dynamic duo in New England would be an understatement. The signal-caller threw a whopping 90 touchdowns to Gronk during their nine years in New England.

Gronkowski decided to retire before last season, but the tight end announced that he would come back a few days ago, and the Patriots and Buccaneers swung a trade.

The Mets’ star wants to work out with the duo

Alonso, the New York Mets’ prized slugger who hit 53 homers last season in his rookie year, offered this invitation: “If Tom wants to work out with me, then let’s get after it,’’ Alonso said. “If Gronk wants to work out with me, let’s go, that would be awesome.’’

Will the trio reunite to work out? Only time will tell, but if it were for the Mets’ star, they would have met already. Stay tuned.