BenFred: Alonso’s conspiracy theory proves one thing — the divide between MLB players and owners isn’t improving

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New York Mets’ Pete Alonso gestures while running the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Matt Harvey during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Baltimore. Mets’ Francisco Lindor scored on the home run. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Julio Cortez

Ben Frederickson

Now that Major League Baseball has taken a sudden interest in checking pitchers’ hats for sticky substances that are producing wicked pitches, perhaps the league could ask an umpire to stop by the locker of Mets slugger Pete Alonso and see if he lines his cap with tin foil.

Alonso engaged in some full-blown paranoia this week when he accused MLB of adjusting baseballs in order to depress the salaries of either pitchers or hitters, depending on which one was set to dominate that season’s free-agent class.

The first baseman has convinced himself MLB has been intentionally making balls fly better when a free-agent class is stocked with star pitchers, and deadening the balls when classes tilt toward prominent sluggers.

“That’s a fact,” Alonso said Wednesday in an interview that immediately went viral and was still making waves Thursday. “Guys have talked about it. I mean, in 2019, there was a huge class of free-agent pitchers. That was the quote-unquote ‘juiced’ balls, and then 2020 was a strange year with the COVID season, but now that we are back to playing a regular season with a ton…

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