New York Mets’ first baseman Pete Alonso accused Major League Baseball (MLB) on Wednesday that it is altering the ball’s physical properties to depress free agents’ salaries.
When asked about MLB “toughening up” on pitchers using foreign substances, Alonso did not care about the issue. Instead, he pointed out that the major problem is the league’s manipulation of baseballs to the free-agent class players.
Alonso told reporters, including Tim Healey of Newsday, ahead of Wednesday’s game between the Mets and the Baltimore Orioles: “The biggest concern is MLB manipulates the baseballs year in and year out depending on the free agency class.” He also added: “Oh, no, that’s a fact. Yes, guys have talked about it. It’s not a coincidence. It definitely is something that they did.”
He continued: “In 2019, there was a huge class of free-agent pitchers and then that’s quote-unquote ‘the juiced balls,’ and then 2020 was a strange year with the COVID season. But now that we’re back to playing in a regular season with a ton of shortstops or position players that are going to be paid a lot of money like high-caliber players — I mean, yeah, that’s not a coincidence. It’s definitely something that they do.”
The MLB has not commented on Alonso’s accusations yet.