By Matt Spielman
Marc Tramuta played for the St. Bonaventure baseball team from 1988-91 and, after playing professionally, returned to the program as an assistant coach in 1995. Today he is the New York Mets director of amateur scouting.
Each time Pete Alonso hit a majestic home run last summer, Marc Tramuta's phone would blow up with text messages.
As the New York Mets director of amateur scouting, Tramuta oversees an army of area scouts, regional supervisors and national crosscheckers.
And whether it was former Mets scout Les Wagner who "discovered" Alonso at Henry B. Plant High School in South Tampa, Florida, or area scout Jon Updike who confirmed what everybody noticed as a Gator for three seasons at the University of Florida in Gainesville, or the national crosschecker who gave then-General Manager Sandy Alderson the thumbs-up to take Alonso with the 64th pick in the 2016 draft, the opinion of Alonso was shared by dozens.
"As a rookie, the spotlight was on him after he hit all those home runs early," Tramuta said late last week from his Fredonia home. "Now you're talking about breaking Mets records and leading the entire Major Leagues in home runs. It was just an amazing thing to watch. Every home run, no matter where we were, we'd text each other: 'Did you see that one?'"