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DENVER, COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 18: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets hits a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 18, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 18: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets hits a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 18, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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When Pete Alonso hit his 49th home run of the season on Wednesday, he set a new single-season mark for most hits by a New York Mets rookie.

With his 49th home run of the season, Pete Alonso continues to impress and make his mark in the New York Mets record books.

On Wednesday, September 18th, Alonso recorded his 147th hit, a solo home run in the 6th inning, against the Colorado Rockies, In doing so, he surpassed Ty Wigginton‘s franchise record for most hits in a rookie campaign set back in 2003.

Wigginton, who only spent three seasons with the Mets, would not be anyone’s first guess as to who the previous record-holder was. He finished eighth in the Rookie of the Year voting that season. Alonso, if the BBWAA agrees, will most likely be a finalist and win the Rookie of the Year in November, making him the first Mets player to win the award since Jacob deGrom did in 2014.

Alonso now has a plethora of franchise records, both single-season and rookie records. In typical Pete fashion, he broke the record with a home run. This extended his lead for most home runs in the majors and continuing to improve on his own National League rookie, Mets’ record, and rookie record.

He is heading into his last three series, chasing Aaron Judge’s record for most home runs by a rookie, 52.

There were some sky-high expectations for Alonso heading into 2019, but he was able to shatter all of them. Nobody was expecting 50 home runs out of a rookie. Most people did not even think that he was going to play this many games in the majors.

Luckily for the New York, Alonso is not going anywhere soon, since he is not a free agent until 2025.

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The Mets are going to build their franchise around him. He is the centerpiece of their organization and he is going to be an MVP candidate for seasons to come. He has yet to peak.

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