Mets slugger Pete Alonso is the new National League Rookie Home Run King
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set the National League record for home runs by a rookie on Sunday after hitting his 40th of the season.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has arguably been the biggest breakout player in 2019 for the New York Mets. In just a few months, he has already put together a very impressive resume as a major league player.
Known as a “power hitter” when he was called up the Major League roster out of spring training, Alonso has the league by storm and cemented himself as the first baseman for New York going forward.
Each one of his at bats has become a “must see”, as his power output is something that has been rarely seen by any player in a Mets uniform.
To this point in the season, Alonso has already set several home run records, such as breaking Cody Bellinger’s record for most home runs before the All-Star Break, and shattered Darryl Strawberry’s Mets rookie home record way back in June when he hit his 27th of the year.
He also wowed the baseball world during the All-Star Break when he won the Home Run derby, beating out fellow rookie Vlad Guerrero Jr. in the finals.
On Sunday against the Kansas City Royals, Alonso set another home run record, this time setting the National League record for home runs in a season with his 40th knock of the season, breaking the previous record of 39 set by Bellinger in 2017.
In typical Alonso fashion, he set the new record with a towering shot to left field, after turning on an 0-2 pitch with no outs in the top of the 9th inning.
The catch with Alonso is that it is only August, so there a few other records in his view that he could look to break as well.
The next record could break is the Mets team record of 41 home runs in a season, a feat reached twice by a Met, with Todd Hundley in 1996 and Carlos Beltrán in 2006.
With about a month and a half left in the season, there is also a chance that Alonso takes a shot at Aaron Judge‘s MLB rookie home run record of 52, which he set in 2017.
Regardless of how many home runs the rookie phenom finishes the season with, one thing is for certain.
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Pete Alonso has arrived.