Pete Alonso: MLB 'manipulates' balls depending on free agency
Pete Alonso is accusing MLB of manipulating the baseballs for a very specific reason. Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Mets' Pete Alonso: MLB 'manipulates' baseballs depending on free-agency classes

Much has been made about MLB allegedly "juicing" baseballs to generate an influx of home runs during the second half of the 2010s and, more recently, about top-tier pitchers such as New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole potentially using illegal substances to doctor baseballs and increase spin rates. 

New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso had a baseball take ahead of Wednesday's game at the Baltimore Orioles, and it's one that surprised some fans and observers. 

"The biggest concern is that Major League Baseball manipulates the baseballs year in and year out depending on the free-agency class, or guys being in an advanced part of their arbitration, so I do think that's a big issue: the ball being different every single year," Alonso said, according to Ryan Morik of SNY. 

"With other sports, the ball's the same, like basketball, football, tennis, golf, ball's the same. I think that's the real issue with the changing of the baseballs." 

Alonso added: 

"That's a fact. Guys have talked about it, but in 2019, there was a huge class of free-agent pitchers, and that's quote-unquote the juiced balls. 2020 was a strange year with the COVID season, but now that we're back to playing a regular season with a ton of shortstops or position players that are owed and gonna be paid a lot of money... it's not a coincidence, and I think that definitely is something that they do." 

Alonso also explained why he, as a hitter, is in favor of pitchers using sticky substances such as Spider Tack during games: 

Mets players recently took to Twitter to pour cold water over any notion that two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom needs to doctor baseballs to be the best pitcher in the league. 

Members of the first-place Mets clearly aren't afraid to speak and tweet their minds ahead of the summer months.  

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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