PORT ST. LUCIE — Pete Alonso was Aaron Judge last season. This year he wants to be Pete Alonso and Keith Hernandez.
In arriving to spring training last weekend, the Mets first baseman cited a Gold Glove award as a top personal goal for 2020. On Thursday, he expanded on those comments, evoking the name of a franchise icon, Hernandez.
“Keith has got (11) Gold Gloves, he is a great first baseman, there is no denying that and I want to be as fine-tuned as he was when he was in the game,” Alonso said before a workout at Clover Park. “There’s a lot of responsibilities on that side of the diamond and last year I feel like I did a good job of learning on the big league level and now I want to be great.”
Alonso arrived to camp last season with significant questions about his defense. He won the starting first base job based on his bat and proceeded to break Judge’s MLB rookie record by blasting 53 homers. Defensively he hardly embarrassed himself, but at least one metric shows he’s got plenty of room for improvement.
According to Fangraphs, Alonso was minus-six in DRS (defensive runs saved) last season. In contrast, NL Gold Glove winner Anthony Rizzo was…