Where does Pete Alonso rank all-time among Mets first basemen?

Sep 27, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts as
Sep 27, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts as / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Alonso burst onto the scene and took New York City by storm in 2019. He hit 53 home runs which set a single-season franchise record and broke the all-time rookie record mark set by Aaron Judge as well. Alonso was the piece the New York Mets could build around for the future.

Since that season, Alonso has done nothing but rake. He hit 16 home runs in just 57 games in the shortened 2020 season. He hit 37 more in 2021 and then 40 last season. He's developed into one of the best pure power hitters in all of baseball, which is something Mets fans haven't really experienced since the days of Piazza or even Strawberry.

Pete Alonso is quickly becoming one of the best first basemen in New York Mets history

Alonso slashed .271/.352/.518 with 40 home runs and a National League-leading 131 RBI last season. Those 131 RBI set a single-season franchise record in that category. He finished eighth in the National League MVP balloting. In a Mets lineup that was devoid of power, Alonso did his best to provide as much of that as he could. He was an elite run producer all season long.

Alonso is already the single-season record holder in home runs, RBI, and total bases. He's second in slugging, third in OPS, and seventh in home runs despite only playing in three full 162-game seasons. He's in the top-20 in RBI and bWAR for position players as well.

When talking about the best first basemen in Mets history, one name comes to mind. Keith Hernandez is the best first baseman this franchise has ever seen without a doubt. Other than Keith, who else is there?

Guys like Carlos Delgado and John Olerud who were stars in their own right were only Mets briefly. Longer-tenured Mets like Lucas Duda or Dave Kingman weren't as good as Pete is right now.

In my opinion, Alonso is the second-best first baseman in Mets history already. If he signs the extension Mets fans have been clamoring for, he will have a very good shot at surpassing Hernandez.

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