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Mets Morning News: Re-Pete

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Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

2021 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

Just in case you hadn’t heard: Pete Alonso won his second consecutive Home Run Derby.

If you want some more Pete coverage, you can voyage to the land of Newsday, the New York Post, and MLB dot com for all the Polar Bear adoration that your heart can handle.

Among those who enjoyed the spectacle from the comfort of their home was Francisco Lindor and his very adorable baby.

Down on the farm, Brett Baty hopes to be the Mets’ next cornerstone third baseman.

As impressive as the flip was, Francisco Alvarez isn’t a fan of his viral bat flip.

But if you’re talking Alvarez’s performance in the Futures Game? Now that’s something to be a fan of.

If you find yourself craving more of that ‘Cisco Content, Jarrett Seidler highlights the young catcher as one of the standouts of this week’s festivities.

I assume that you won’t be shocked to find out that the stretch of 33 games in 31 days for our beautiful Metsies had them feeling very tired by the end.

If at any point in the past two days you have found yourself worried about the Mets coming to terms with Kumar Rocker: don’t be, because it’s already done.

One positive about the Mets’ first half is that they left you with a lot of things to take away from it.

Later this week, Carlos Carrasco will make a start with an undetermined minor league affiliate and from there, potentially join the Mets.

In the business side of things, the Mets promoted Bryn Alderson and Ian Levin to the position of assistant general manager under Zack Scott.

It only took a day, but Kumar Rocker already has his first billboard in New York City.

Once Upon a Time in Queens, ESPN’s documentary about the 1986 Mets, will air on September 14th and 15th.

Two first-place checks at the Home Run Derby have resulted in Pete Alonso getting paid more than all 295 of his games with the Mets combined.

Around the National League East

Charlie Freeman, the son of the cursed Freddie, got to meet his favorite player during the Home Run Derby.

While he eventually met his untimely end at the hands of Pete Alonso, Juan Soto didn’t have a half bad night at the derby.

With things looking bleak, The Good Phight looked at the guys who could bring some value back for the Phillies at the trade deadline.

Despite wanting desperately to attend the All Star Game, Ronald Acuña Jr. and his camp decided the best thing to do after his ACL tear is to rest.

Around Major League Baseball

Over the next 10 years, Major League Baseball will be contributing $150M to the Players Alliance with a goal of improving Black participation in baseball around the country.

While you may hear people yell from the street corners like a lost town crier that baseball is dying, consumption of the sport is way up.

To honor Henry Aaron, every All Star in attendance yesterday wore the number 44 on their backs.

In addition to their break for the Olympic Games, the KBO will be pausing their season due to the spread of COVID 19.

Starting the All Star Game on the mound will be Shohei Ohtani for the American League and Max Scherzer for the National League.

Prior to the derby, Shohei Ohtani confirmed to reporters that he is not 120 years old.

Not even a line drive to the calf could bring down Yankees coach Rachel Balkovec’s mood after her appearance at the futures game.

If you ever thought that MLB teams should be allowed to trade draft picks, you’re not alone in that camp.

With no actual players to be on the receiving end of their fury, fans have resorted to booing the Astros’ mascot.

As it turns out, comparing Shohei Ohtani to Babe Ruth is very Ruth.

While his performance last night was impressive, it should not be forgotten that Trey Mancini playing baseball at all is a miracle, let alone coming second in the Home Run Derby.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1977, Shea Stadium joined the rest of New York City and went dark during the Mets game.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa profiled Calvin Ziegler, the Mets’ second selection in the 2021 Draft.

Everyone’s favorite doctor, Allison McCague, updated the position player and pitching meters for the final week of the first half.