Pete Alonso Breaks Rookie Home Run Record

Billy Woods | September 29th, 2019

With the New York Mets officially eliminated from playoff contention, their lone bright spot was in the form of slugger Pete Alonso. Alonso hit his 53rd home run of the 2019 MLB season, breaking the rookie home run record held by New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge.

Not only does Alonso hold the rookie home run record, but he currently leads the National League in home runs for the 2019 season. His 53 is four ahead of Eugenio Suarez, who is second with 49. The universal favorite for NL MVP, Cody Bellinger, only sits at 47 home runs. If the Mets were able to capture a spot in the postseason, then Alonso might’ve been able to snag a few MVP votes.

Alonso ranks fifth in the NL in offensive WAR at 5.8. He also ranks fifth in slugging percentage at .586 and seventh in on-base plus slugging percentage at .945.

While being first in home runs in the NL, Alonso was also first in extra base hits with 85 and third in runs batted in at 120. Although Alonso isn’t near the top in batting average, his .260 batting average is respectable for being a rookie. In 592 plate appearances, Alonso also managed 154 total hits.

The 53rd home run pushed the Mets lead to 3-0 over the Atlanta Braves, which would serve as the final score. Alonso rounded the bases with his hands held high in triumph.

“This is more than a dream,” Alonso said. “This is more than a fantasy. I can’t put it into words.”

Since 1900, no rookie has won an outright home run title in the league. If Alonso keeps the home run lead, he would be the third Home Run Derby winner to finish the season with the most home runs; Ryan Howard did it in 2006 and Sammy Sosa in 2000.

Alonso is the first Mets rookie to reach triple digits in both RBIs and runs. He also has set franchise records for home runs, total bases and extra-base hits.

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