Saturday, August 17, 2019

N.Y. Mets: Pete Alonso Ties Senior Circuit Rookie Home Run Record

From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

Pete Alonso w/ Binghamton ~ 2017 Road Trips

The greatest season known to mankind ever turned in by a Polar Bear this side of the arctic circle continues ...

  • APRIL: Pete Alonso hits his first MLB home run in just his fourth game played; finishes month with eight.
  • MAY: Hits ten more home runs giving him 18 for the season.
  • JUNE: Pete breaks the clubs's 36-year old club rookie record of 26 home runs set in 1983 by Darryl Strawberry.  Alonso's record breaking dinger comes in only his 77th game and 279th at-bat of the season.  Whereas Darryl Strawberry in 1983 played in 122 games with 420 at-bats.
  • JULY: Pete Alonso also breaks Darryl Strawberry's rookie record of 74 RBI.  Alonso's 30th home run then ties him with Dave Kingman for most ever home runs before the All-Star break.  He then he goes on to win the All-Star Game home run derby.

This past Thursday Pete Alonso tied L.A. Dodger Cody Bellinger's National League rookie record of 39 home runs set just two years ago.  Bellinger played 132 games during his milestone season tallying 548 plate appearances and 480 official at-bats.  Alonso ties the record in just his 120th game of the season through 511 plate appearances and 435 official at-bats to date.

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge set the major league rookie record with 52 home runs in the same season Bellinger set the National League mark.  In 2017 Judge played 155 games in 2017 with 678 plate appearances and 542 official at-bats.  To date Alonso is slashing .264/.369/.595/.965, with 39 home runs and 91 RBI through 120 games and 512 plate appearances and 435 at-bats.

In the meantime, Alonso is just two home runs shy of tying the Mets all-time mark of 41 home runs shared by Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley ... the same exact number of games remaining in the Mets regular season.

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