New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new rookie home run record on Sunday after he hit his 27th home run of the season.
Sunday’s matchup pitting the New York Mets against the Chicago Cubs was a historic one.
In the fourth inning of the game, rookie first baseman Pete Alonso hit his 27th home run of the season off of Cubs pitcher Cole Hamels, setting a new franchise record for most home runs hit by a rookie in a season.
Just one day later, Alonso broke the record by hitting an 0-2 pitch off of Hamels and parked it dead center field.
The funny thing about Alonso is that he accomplished this feat after appearing in only 77 games. Strawberry set the record over the course of an entire season after making his debut on May in 1983.
Seeing as it is only June, barring injury, Alonso will likely expand on this record quite a bit, and may break several more.
At his current rate of production, Alonso is now on pace to hit 56 home runs by the conclusion of the 2019 season. If he were to do this, he would also break the current Mets record for home runs in a season of 41.
This would also break several league-wide records, such as passing the NL Rookie Home Run record of 39, set by Cody Bellinger in 2017, and the MLB Rookie Home Run record of 52, which was set by Aaron Judge in 2017 as well.
Regardless, the bottom line is that Alonso is hitting at a level that has seldom been seen by a player in a Mets uniform, and by a rookie no less.
No matter how many home runs Alonso has by the end of 2019, he is now the record holder for homers by a Mets rookie and has certainly silenced all of his critics very early on in his major league career.
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One thing about him is for certain: The hype behind Pete Alonso is real.