Mets' Alonso Sets New NL Rookie Home Run Record

Ryan Chatelain
August 18, 2019 - 8:00 pm

The National League rookie home run record now belongs to Pete Alonso alone.

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The Mets first baseman hit his 40th home run Sunday, surpassing the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, who homered 39 times as a rookie in 2017. The major league rookie home run record is held by the Yankees' Aaron Judge, who hit 52 in 2017.

Alonso's latest blast, a solo homer, came in the top of the ninth inning off Royals reliever Jacob Barnes. The Mets won the game 11-5 to pull to 1 1/2 games behind the Cubs for second wild-card spot in the NL.

"It's crazy," Alonso said after the game. "I don't even know. It's something that coming into camp, I didn't know if I was going to make the team or not. And to break this record and have a good season and just keep playing the way that I've been playing, I'm just trying to help this team win. This season's been unbelievable. It's been a dream come true so far, and I just want to keep building off of it."

Alonso has certainly lived up to the hype in his first season in the majors. He's currently batting .271 with a .375 on-base percentage and .979 OPS and has 95 RBIs. He was named an All-Star this season and won the Home Run Derby.

Alonso was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs Sunday. He also reached on a walk.

The 24-year-old is also on the verge of breaking the Mets' single-season home run record of 41, currently shared by Carlos Beltran (2006) and Todd Hundley (1996).