Pete Alonso is doing everything he can to bounce back from an underwhelming season season.
That includes working with the Mets’ new beefed-up analytics team.
Without going into specifics, Alonso raved about some of the ideas he’s heard on The Post’s “Amazin’ But True” podcast with Nelson Figueroa and Jake Brown.
“I really appreciate the hard work, dedication, all the PowerPoints, research, presenting the data really well,” Alonso said. “It’s going to be a helluva attack plan and I can’t wait to work on it in spring training. Right now, before I get to camp, it’s refining my swing, getting it to where I want it. Once I get my timing down in spring training, that’s when I can really have some fun playing around with some certain things we’re talking about. It’s going to be some fun.”
It was a down year for Alonso after his sensational 2019 NL Rookie of the Year campaign. While he did hit 16 home runs in 57 games, he batted just .231 with an .817 OPS and struck out 61 times in 208 at-bats. The absence of hitting coach Chili Davis on site — Davis worked with the team remotely due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic — didn’t help matters.
“For me, it was a little tough because there’s certain things you can see and kind of feel and vibe with in person,” Alonso said. “In 2019, there would be certain things in a game where he would just say two or three words to me after an at-bat. Next at-bat, boom, I’m right back on it as opposed to walking through it on Zoom.”
Alonso wasn’t complaining. Davis was looking out for his health and his family. It was no different, he said, than every day people who had to find a way to make their job work remotely.
“It was different for sure,” Alonso said. “I’m looking forward to having him back in person in the cage and in the dugout in 2021.”
Davis isn’t the only one Alonso is looking forward to seeing next season. He can’t wait to play in front of Mets fans as well after last year was spent in front of cardboard cutouts in empty ballparks.
“I’n so damn excited to have butts back in the seats,” he said. “I miss feeling the ground shake from people going bonkers at Citi.”