As a rookie, Pete Alonso took over the single-season home run record in New York Mets history. In 2022, he smashed his way to another record.
In 1999 and again in 2008, a pair of Mets greats finished the year with 124 RBI. It was Mike Piazza and David Wright who reached those totals. Alonso has now passed them both and taken over.
It was a two-run home run on Sunday against the Oakland Athletics that pushed him over the edge and made him the new RBI King.
Pete Alonso adds his name to another Mets record
Alonso was already the first player in team history to reach 120 RBI more than once. Aside from Piazza and Wright’s tie atop the list, only Robin Ventura in 1999 with 120 and Alonso back in 2019 with that same total reached this number.
An RBI record isn’t quite as holy as something like a home run total. Still, it’s an important measure of a player’s run production. It might be more of a dinosaur statistic for some. Whatever you think of the run batted in stat, you probably like to see Alonso with a large crooked number.
Along with earning himself the franchise’s single season record in this category, this season’s performance saw him make a huge climb up the career rankings among Mets players. He sits at number 18 all-time in franchise history with Lucas Duda next on the list to pass. Another year of about 100 RBI from him in 2023 and Alonso will creep into the top 10. It’s Keith Hernandez who holds that spot with 468.
There is still a long road away to catch Wright’s 970 RBI. As long as the Mets make Alonso a part of their future with a contract extension and he remains productive, it seems like a record that he’ll take. Wright can’t have them all.