On the night of August 27, 2019, first baseman Pete Alonso set the New York Mets franchise record for home runs in a single season by hitting his 42nd of the year.
Leading off the 4th inning, Alonso swung on the first pitch he saw from Yu Darvish, driving it deep to right field for an opposite-field home run, surpassing Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran’s franchise record of 41, set in 1996 and 2006 respectively.
In his rookie campaign, the Mets’ first baseman has showcased his potential as a power hitter time and time again, as this is far from the first time he has gotten his name in the record books this season.
To this point, Alonso had already broken the Darryl Strawberry’s rookie record for home runs by a Met back in June, as well as Cody Bellinger’s record for home runs hit by a National League rookie just last week.
Now sitting at 42 home runs for the season and with 31 games left to play in 2019, Alonso does have the chance to break one more record as well.
While Alonso currently holds the National League record for home runs for a rookie, he is only 10 home runs away from tying the MLB rookie home run record of 52, set by Aaron Judge in 2017.
While it would be cool for him to finish his rookie year breaking that record as well, no matter how many more homers Alonso hit in 2019, he has certainly lived up to the hype and the Mets have finally found their franchise first baseman.
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He’s the slugger everyone wanted. In only his first year in the big leagues, he’s surpassing expectations.