The Home Run Derby did not have a cash prize at the time. This incentive started in 2019, and with each win, Alonso nearly doubled his salary in a night of epic hits. In baseball’s salary structure, which is largely based on service time, Alonso hit the low of $ 555,000 as a rookie in 2019, and his salary is now only $ 676,775.
Two years ago, he had made 30 home runs at the break, en route to 53, a rookie record. Alonso is now 17 and was placed fifth in the derby. He said his Mets teammates viewed this as disrespectful and asked if it drove him crazy.
“I’m like ‘No I’m going to win anyway, it doesn’t matter,'” Alonso said. “It’s such a fun time for me, it’s just positive thoughts, funny thoughts. I put myself in a very good position. “
Alonso asked to play New York music while he punched, so he nodded and turned to Nas, Mobb Deep, and the Notorious BIG. He used a bat with custom designs by Gregory Siff, a Queens artist now based in Los Angeles.