ATLANTA – Pete Alonso will as soon as once more staff up with former Mets bench coach Dave Jauss when he defends his back-to-back Home Run Derby titles.
Alonso made his anticipated participation within the 2022 Derby, set to happen July 18 at Dodger Stadium, official on Monday in an Instagram submit. Alonso mentioned his 2021 Derby accomplice, Jauss, will pitch to him once more.
“Just need to give him about two pots of coffee for before and a case of Bud Light for after and he said he’s good to go,” Alonso mentioned of Jauss’ request.
Alonso is seeking to develop into the primary slugger within the historical past of the Home Run Derby to take residence the title for a 3rd consecutive yr. Only Ken Griffey Jr. has received the Home Run Derby thrice (1994, 1998-99). The occasion debuted in 1985.
“That would be sick,” Alonso mentioned of doubtless changing into the primary hitter to win three Derbies in a row. “I’m just going to be out there having a ton of fun and showcasing what I got and competing. I don’t really know who else is going to be doing it, but for me, it doesn’t really matter because I’m out there having a blast and it’s something that I really enjoy doing. I’m looking forward to putting on a show.”
As of Monday night, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was the one different hitter dedicated to competing on this yr’s Derby. Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has additionally hinted he’ll take part.
“I have a really good plan to go into it,” Alonso mentioned. “And I just have so much fun. I don’t think anyone has more fun than I do, especially when it comes to this event.”
Alonso put his home-run-hitting prowess on full show final yr with Jauss, who’s unfastened and able to pitch once more to the primary baseman. Jauss just lately threw batting observe in MLB’s Home Run Derby X occasion in London. He is presently working for the Nationals, however will fortunately work with Alonso once more for a day in Hollywood.
The Mets first baseman mentioned he’s saved a detailed relationship with Jauss, who was the Mets bench coach in 2021. Alonso mentioned he considers Jauss part of his “baseball family” and the previous coach didn’t hesitate when the slugger requested if he would throw to him once more.
“Jaussy just gave me the best chance I possibly could to compete and win,” Alonso mentioned. “It was special. I had so much fun and I know Dave had a blast too. We were both acting like kids out there.”
ALL EYES ON THE ACE
Jacob deGrom (proper scapula stress response) will begin on Thursday for Triple-A Syracuse on an additional day of relaxation. Buck Showalter mentioned deGrom and the Mets group believed it was greatest for the right-hander to take an additional day earlier than he makes his third rehab begin.
“No sense in taking any chances,” Showalter mentioned.
DeGrom is predicted to pitch 4 innings on Thursday. He would require at the least yet another rehab begin after that, with the minor-league schedule probably complicating that outing. The sport will go on a break throughout All-Star Game festivities, which is when deGrom could be lined as much as make his fifth rehab outing. It’s potential the ace will full that begin within the type of a simulated sport.
Barring any setbacks, deGrom ought to be able to return to the large leagues round July 22-27, pitching towards both the Padres or Yankees.
Starling Marte (left groin tightness) was out of the lineup on Monday for the second straight sport. Showalter was assured on Sunday that Marte would be capable to keep away from the injured listing as a result of his MRI outcomes confirmed no trigger for concern. It stays a chance Marte might soar again into the lineup in the course of the Mets-Braves collection this week.