Mets’ Pete Alonso says MLB ‘manipulates the ball’ depending on free agency classes

BALTIMORE — With Major League Baseball set to crack down on pitchers using foreign substances in the near future, New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso said that he is fine with pitchers using aids – but that the bigger issue is that MLB "manipulates the baseballs year in and year out, depending on free agency class."

Speaking to the media before Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, the Mets slugger was asked about the league's impending crackdown.

"Whatever they want to use to help control the ball – let 'em use it," Alonso said. "For me, I go in the box every single day and I see guys throwing harder and harder… I don't want 99 (mph) slipping out of someone's hand because they didn't have enough feel for it."

Pete Alonso with one hitter’s perspective: pitchers SHOULD be allowed to use whatever sticky stuff they want, he says.

Alonso blamed the inconsistency of baseballs from year to year and went on to suggest that the league changes the balls based on free agency and arbitration.

"That's a fact," Alonso said. "Guys have talked about it. I mean in 2019 there was a huge class of free agent pitchers (Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg) and then that's quote-unquote the 'juiced balls.'"

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