Mets' Pete Alonso says last season's struggles 'simply won't happen again'

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Pete Alonso rounds the bases after hitting a home run
Pete Alonso rounds the bases after hitting a home run

After an historic rookie season in 2019, Pete Alonso returned to Earth in his second year as a big leaguer.

The right-handed slugger hit 16 home runs in 57 games in 2020, but saw his slash line dip to .231/.326/.490. Alonso’s 53-home-run rookie season was accompanied by a .260/.358/.580 slash line.

Nevertheless, Alonso feels he’s well-equipped to handle the highs and lows of a baseball career, and he’s already experienced plenty of both.

“I wouldn’t call it pressure,” Alonso told The Post’s Steve Serby in a Q&A posted on Saturday. “The uncertainty got to me mentally. Last season, I failed more than any time in my career, and that simply won’t happen again because of my preparation and will to succeed.”

Baseball is certainly a game of failure, but Alonso is highly-motivated to fail as little as possible every time he’s in the batter’s box. But along with “mastering the strike zone,” Alonso says he wants to make strides on improving in the field and hopes to win a Gold Glove this season, something which his Instagram followers will already know is a goal of his.

Meanwhile, it’s been a whirlwind offseason for the Mets, but one which has Alonso confident heading into 2021.

“We’re talented,” Alonso said. “We have a good mix of guys with varying experiences. I’m excited ’cause we have a great group of guys, will play a full season again and getting fans back in the stands. Also excited to rebound from 2020 and show resiliency. … We’re going to be able to win in so many different ways. Phenomenal pitching with depth. We have the pieces, we just have to go out and do it.”

With additions like Francisco Lindor (“electric”), Carlos Carrasco (“a hell of a resume”) and James McCann (“a guy in the trenches you really want to go to battle with”), Alonso is clearly happy with players he’ll have around him.

But one thing’s for certain, if Alonso is at his best, it could be his team for years to come.

“It’s a blessing, and I’m just so happy to represent such an incredible organization,” Alonso said. “I’m just going to continue to perform and continue to be a good person off the field. Want to continue to make this organization and the fan base proud.”

So what can Mets fans expect that to look like once April rolls around?

“I can’t wait,” Alonso said. “I’m feeling dangerous. This is the best I’ve felt physically and mentally in my career. I’m ready to make history and ready to drive in 130 [runs].”

You won’t find too many people who wouldn’t sign on the dotted line for that right now.