LEADING OFF: Alonso's big allegation, Zombro out of hospital

New York Mets' Pete Alonso runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Matt Harvey during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Baltimore. Mets' Francisco Lindor scored on the home run. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Mets' Pete Alonso runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Matt Harvey during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Baltimore. Mets' Francisco Lindor scored on the home run. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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JUICY ALLEGATIONS

Mets slugger Pete Alonso uncorked a major allegation Wednesday, accusing MLB of manipulating its baseballs to harm the earning potential for star free agents and players eligible for arbitration.

Alonso, responding to a question about the supposedly pending crackdown on sticky substances used by pitchers, instead laid blame for a league-wide drop in offense on the league itself.

“I think that the biggest concern is that Major League Baseball manipulates the baseballs year in and year out depending on the free agency class — or guys being in an advanced part of their arbitration,” Alonso said.

The league did not comment on Alonso’s charge. MLB informed teams in February that it planned to slightly deaden the baseballs for the 2021 season following a years-long surge in home runs. In 2019, 3.6% of plate appearances ended in a homer, a number that has dropped to 3.1% this year.

As far as the original question was concerned, Alonso did not seem terribly concerned with what opposing pitchers might be putting on the ball.