Report: MLB won’t discipline Pete Alonso, Mets for 9/11 cleats
Major League Baseball has decided against disciplining Pete Alonso and the New York Mets over the 9/11 cleats the team wore without approval in Wednesday’s 9-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field, per SNY’s Andy Martino.
Alonso was behind the special cleats, as he arranged and ordered them for his teammates to commemorate the 18th anniversary of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The league had authorized teams to honor the memory of the victims and those still impacted by the events of 9/11 by way of ribbons on players’ caps, among other things.
Further, MLB allowed the Mets and Yankees to wear NYPD and FDNY caps during the teams’ batting practice. The issue with the Mets’ 9/11 cleats was that the team did not seek permission to wear them before taking the field.
Pete Alonso orchestrated the Mets’ wearing of commemorative 9/11-themed cleats tonight.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) September 12, 2019
He planned it for weeks, ordered & paid for everybody’s shoes and enlisted other clubhouse leaders (including Jacob deGrom) to get everyone on board. pic.twitter.com/fiJbYCU8mq
Pete Alonso ordered the cleats that his Mets teammates are wearing to commemorate 9/11.#NeverForget pic.twitter.com/5FpbmbsiGl— SNY (@SNYtv) September 12, 2019
Alonso noted he did not seek out MLB’s approval because he expected the request would be denied.
“I feel like if Major League Baseball kind of got their hands on it, it may not have been approved,” Alonso said, via ESPN. “But I’m really happy that we kind of banded together here in the clubhouse and made something cool happen.”
In good form, a source indicated MLB has decided against fining and/or disciplining Alonso and the Mets for their admirable actions despite not being given prior authorization.
Source: MLB will not be fining or disciplining Pete Alonso and/or the Mets in any way for the custom cleats commemorating 9/11, which they wore without permission. As it should be.— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) September 12, 2019
The league presumably realized coming down hard on the Mets over the gesture would not be a good look, and in the end definitely made the right decision.