In 2021, Pete Alonso will go for a three-peat in leading the New York Mets in home runs. He’s a good bet to do it again. The slugging first baseman smashed 53 in his rookie 2019 campaign and another 16 in the shortened 2020 season.
Alonso is one of several Mets to lead the team in home runs for two straight seasons. Even smaller is the list of Mets who have done so for three straight.
If the Polar Bear goes yard more than anyone else, he joins these Mets sluggers on an exclusive list.
Mets Home Run Leader 1969-1971: Tommie Agee
Although technically a shared title in 1971, Tommie Agee led the team in rounding the bases each year from 1969-1971. Agee hit 26 in 1969, 24 in 1970, and a lowly 14 in 1971.
The 1971 title was shared with Cleon Jones and Ed Kranepool. At the time, it was the lowest single-season home run title to lead the club.
Mets Home Run Leader 1972-1974: John Milner
As soon as he could, John Milner added his name to this list of three-peat home run champions in franchise history. He led the orange and blue in dingers each year from 1972-1974. In order, those totals are 17, 23, and 20.
Milner would also lead the Mets in home runs during the ill-fated 1977 season. Yet another year with a three-way tie, his dozen home run lead was shared by Steve Henderson and John Stearns.
Mets Home Run Leader 1986-1988: Darryl Strawberry
Interrupted by Gary Carter in 1985 and again by Howard Johnson in 1989, Darryl Strawberry had a chance at leading the club in home runs a whole lot more than just three years in a row. However, he still did manage to come away as the organization’s king of swing each season from 1986-1988.
How many did Strawberry hit? In 1986, his total was 27. He upped it to 39 in 1987 and 1988. This total set a new franchise record and in 1988, it led the National League.
Mets Home Run Leader 1992-1994: Bobby Bonilla
Who knew Bobby Bonilla was ever any good with the Mets? During his first trip with the club, he was a three-time home run champion in Flushing.
Bonilla hit 19 in 1992, 34 in 1993, and 20 in 1994. As far as I know, he’s still the only man on this list getting paid by the team.
Mets Home Run Leader 1998-2002: Mike Piazza
We have our first four-peat and five-peat champion! Although others led the team in home runs as often as Piazza did, nobody did it for five straight seasons as he did from the 1998 season through 2002.
Piazza’s home run barrage began with 23 in 1998 despite not playing the whole year with the team. He followed it up with 40 in 1999, 38 in 2000, 36 in 2001, and finally another 33 in 2002.
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No other Mets player has since led the team for three straight seasons. Carlos Beltran and Lucas Duda had back-to-back home run leading campaigns. In 2021, Alonso will look to add his name to this small club.