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Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil among four Mets named MLB All-Stars

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The primary-place Mets have landed 4 gamers on the Nationwide League All-Star crew, their most representatives since in addition they despatched that many gamers in 2016.

MLB RBI chief Pete Alonso, nearer Edwin Diaz, second baseman Jeff McNeil and outfielder Starling Marte have been named Sunday as reserves to the NL squad for the July 19 All-Star Sport at Dodger Stadium, with the likelihood one or two others might be added later as harm replacements.

“It means rather a lot. It’s one thing that I actually take delight in,” Alonso mentioned after the Mets’ 2-0 loss to the Marlins. “I’m actually joyful that I used to be in a position to play my approach into the sport. Onerous work pays off and I’m actually joyful I get to signify my crew and town of New York in LA.”

Alonso, the two-time defending champion within the House Run Derby, nonetheless hasn’t confirmed whether or not he plans to take part once more within the occasion the evening earlier than the Midsummer Traditional.

“I by no means mentioned I used to be gonna do the derby but, however I’m excited for the All-Star Sport. I’m actually stoked,” Alonso mentioned. “We now have among the best information in baseball and our crew is super-talented. So we should always have that many guys.”

McNeil, who didn’t accompany the Mets to Atlanta to begin his paternity depart for the beginning of his first baby, started the day ranked third within the league in batting common (now .311) with 4 homers and 35 RBIs. He beforehand was named an All-Star in 2019 — when he completed with a .318 batting common and a .916 OPS — however McNeil slumped to a slash line of .251/.319/.360 (.679 OPS) in an injury-plagued 2021 marketing campaign.

Pete Alonso (20) and Starling Marte (6) of the Mets have been named MLB All-Stars.
Pete Alonso (20) and Starling Marte (6) of the Mets have been named MLB All-Stars.
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“Final yr was a troublesome yr for me, so simply having the ability to exit and work exhausting within the offseason and to type of have a bounce-back season and to be acknowledged for that’s fairly particular to me,” mentioned McNeil, who hails from Nipomo, Calif. “It offers me a variety of confidence. It reveals that I will be among the best gamers within the huge leagues and take that going ahead and put together each single day and doing nicely. It does give me a variety of confidence that I can play with one of the best.

“That is gonna be a fairly particular week and a half. We’re having our first baby within the subsequent few days, and the child’s first sport is perhaps the All-Star Sport on the stadium I at all times went to rising up.”

Marte, who sat out Sunday’s sport with a groin difficulty, additionally has posted a constant first season with the Mets, batting .292 with 9 homers and 40 RBIs for his second profession All-Star nod (additionally in 2016 with the Pirates).

Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil has made the NL All-Star team.
Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil has made the NL All-Star crew.
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Mets closer Edwin Diaz has been named an MLB All-Star.
Mets nearer Edwin Diaz has been named an MLB All-Star.
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“It was an emotional second, one thing me and my household had been talking of for a few days,” Marte mentioned by a translator. “I instantly modified my plans for the break.”

Diaz additionally was named an All-Star for the second time in his profession, however his first in 4 seasons with the Mets following a 2018 commerce from Seattle. He posted a 5.59 ERA with seven blown saves for the Mets in 2019, however he’s recorded 18 saves with a 1.78 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 35 ¹/₃ innings in 36 appearances this season.

“It means rather a lot as a result of my Mets profession didn’t begin the way in which I needed. However I’ve been in a position to get again on observe and this yr I made the All-Star crew. I’m actually joyful,” Diaz mentioned. “I believe with this crew, once I get into the sport and get the large outs I show to them that’s the man the Mets traded for.

“I hope to face the three greatest hitters within the American League. Possibly I can face [Aaron] Decide. Who else made it? [Yordan]Alvarez, [Shohei] Ohtani? That will be superior.”