Pete Alonso’s comments show Mets are on track with an important goal: 'That bridge is more connected'

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Andy Martino
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Pete Alonso points at first base white uniform tight shot
Pete Alonso points at first base white uniform tight shot

One of Sandy Alderson’s main projects upon returning to the Mets last fall was to pursue what he believes is the next -- and perhaps final -- frontier of the analytics revolution that he started four decades ago: Empathetic implementation.

As Alderson sees it, the next market inefficiency is not a new metric or technology but the human art of communication. Data is abundant in the Statcast era, and every team has access to it. Similarly, any team can purchase high-speed cameras and hire biomechanical experts.

The days of enjoying an edge because you know about on-base percentage or even Edgertronic cameras are long over.

Now, it is the ability to translate that data and create buy-in that will separate successful teams from those that remain behind.

To that end, Pete Alonso’s feedback on Wednesday could hardly have been closer to what Alderson and his staff had hoped to hear.

Asked if the Mets’ overhauled front office has had an impact on the clubhouse, Alonso mentioned the slew of new analytics hires since last season, and praised their ability to communicate.

Indeed, the Mets have hired approximately six full-time analysts since January, and plan to make more additions soon. They have also made significant investments in technology.

Here are 428 words from Alonso that demonstrate how the team is on track not only with hiring but with implementation:

“We have a couple of new uses of video and certain information being presented. I think there’s like two different apps that we have to analyze and come up with an attack plan. And also the way certain data and splits are presented has changed a little bit. I think that there has been a very nice improvement on the quote-unquote analytical side.

“I feel like it’s easier now because there’s tangible data. Before there was data, but I feel like on the offensive side there was a little less translation. Just because we had the numbers, I feel like that the way that you put it in a language to make it easy for us players to apply that knowledges, apply that data on the field, I feel like there is more of a translation that makes it an easier to transition for us to be able to apply it.

“So I feel like I have noticed a nice improvement so far. It has been great so far. And I’m excited to see all the developments throughout the year, once we get more of a sample size of games. [It’s exciting], and as the year goes on we’re going to obviously have more and more data.

“It is better. Just because we have data doesn’t mean it’s worth anything. Just because we have numbers -- it’s great, but once you have the numbers and you can explain how and why they translate to this and that. To get to point A to point B there needs to be a bridge. From the analytical and numbers side to the player side, there needs to be a bridge, and I feel like that bridge is more connected, and I feel that it’s a nice improvement from years past.

“I don’t think it was a lack of knowledge. I think it’s just having more hands on deck. And I think just having those couple extra people working on and developing certain things, whether it be developing an app or software or working on a different way [of], ‘Okay, how can we more effectively present this data for guys to retain it?’

“Having more people, kind of divide and conquer, it’s more of a streamlined process as opposed to one or two people being responsible for the entire thing. And I think having multiple people working for the same goal -- with more people, it’s more of a team environment to get the information to us. For me, specifically on offense, it’s very much appreciated.”