20 July 2024

This New York Mets legend has a message for superstar first baseman Pete Alonso, who is set to become a free agent after the 2024 season if he and the team fail to reach an extension.

“I think the relationship with him and the organization is quite different,” Mets Hall of Fame outfielder Darryl Strawberry said on zoom call on Wednesday. “I didn’t have one when I hit the free agency market when I was in my last season in 1990. They left the door open for me and I ended up leaving. I just hope he doesn’t leave because I ended up personally with a belly full of regrets. There’s nothing like playing in New York.”

Strawberry starred for the Mets from 1983-1990, helping them win the 1986 World Series and making seven consecutive All-Star teams. But due to a poor relationship with the front office, Strawberry left for the Los Angeles Dodgers in free agency in 1991, which is his biggest regret.

Strawberry is scheduled to have his No. 18 retired by the Mets this season on Saturday, June 1.

 

 

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