Edgardo Alfonzo as soon as adorned the quilt of Sports activities Illustrated with double-play accomplice Rey Ordonez and the opposite elements of a Mets infield dubbed as presumably the very best ever.
The previous All-Star second baseman, recognized affectionately as Fonzie, was inducted into the Mets’ Corridor of Fame earlier than Saturday’s sport in opposition to the Reds, together with All-Star pitchers Jon Matlack and Ron Darling.
Earlier than the on-field induction ceremony — the Mets’ first new Corridor class since 2013 — Alfonzo praised the group’s additions of two Gold Glove infielders: Francisco Lindor within the offseason and Javier Baez at Friday’s commerce deadline. Alfonzo admitted he believes he and Ordonez aren’t more likely to retain the title of the very best double play combo in crew annals.
“We had been simply speaking about that, me and Carlos,” Alfonzo mentioned, referring to fellow former Mets second baseman Carlos Baerga, who attended the ceremony. “I feel it’s going to be attention-grabbing watching these two guys collectively. I feel Lindor is a superb shortstop, and Baez is unbelievable.
“We’re not speaking about Rey Ordonez and Edgardo Alfonzo. We’re speaking about two guys who’re going to be the way forward for the Mets. Hopefully they carry a whole lot of pleasure to the Mets and a whole lot of championships.”
Baez, a two-time All-Star with the Cubs, began at shortstop Saturday in his Mets debut. However he’ll transfer to second base as soon as Lindor recovers from an indirect harm and returns from the injured listing, within the coming weeks.
“I feel It’s gonna be nice for the Mets’ pitchers to really feel comfy with that double-play mixture,” Alfonzo mentioned earlier than the Mets’ 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Reds. “That makes an enormous distinction, makes you a unique crew.
“They performed on the nationwide crew in Puerto Rico [together], so hopefully they carry that vitality and that chemistry to the Mets’ group. … They want it proper now, particularly this yr. I feel it’s going to be thrilling.”
Alfonzo nonetheless has a replica of the 1999 Sports activities Illustrated cowl — with Ordonez, first baseman John Olerud and third baseman Robin Ventura, with the headline “Greatest Infield Ever?” — framed within the trophy room of his home. That foursome dedicated simply 27 errors mixed in the course of the 1999 season.
With Pete Alonso at first and Jeff McNeil possible shifting to 3rd as soon as Lindor returns, the Mets once more could have a former All-Star manning every of the 4 infield spots.
“You by no means take into consideration that however simply know that the file is for breaking,” Alfonzo mentioned. “The one factor I can have for myself is I used to be a part of that nice infield. I hope they will make a fair higher infield than we did again in these days. I hope so, as a result of that’s what the Mets’ group wants proper now. I feel these two guys are going to make an enormous distinction on the infield.”
Mets supervisor Luis Rojas wasn’t about to argue with Alfonzo about his potential new middle-infield combo.
“It may very well be particular. These two guys are unbelievable,” Rojas mentioned. “Francisco is likely one of the finest shortstops, if not the very best defensive shortstop within the sport. Javy is likely one of the finest defenders within the sport. … At this level he’s going to play quick for us, and I talked to him about different positions. However simply to consider it, it’s mind-blowing.”