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From Complex to Queens, Episode 33: Pete Alonso, Rookie of the Year

He did it, folks.

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Welcome to From Complex to Queens, the podcast from Amazin’ Avenue focusing on the Mets’ minor league system.

First, celebrating the original charter of Rutgers University, Steve and Sons-of-New-Jersey Lukas and Ken discuss the greatest baseball alumni the university has produced in Promote, Extend, Trade.

After, the team celebrates the amateur and minor league career of 2019 National League Rookie of the Year, Pete Alonso. Did you know that Pete began his baseball career at the age of three? That the University of Florida baseball program needed to be talked into extending an offer to Pete? That he once received a C on an essay because he was told pursuing a future in baseball was “not realistic enough?” That, among Brooklyn Cyclones to play in 30 or more games, he is second only to Pete Corr (.594 to .587) in single-season slugging percentage? That his nickname before “Polar Bear” was “Oog?”

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Until next week, #lovethemets #lovethemets!