As the Mets were laying a 10-5 game to bed against the Kansas City Royals, Pete Alonso decided it was a good time to make history. In the ninth inning he took a high fastball from Jacob Barnes and smoked it way back in the left field seats for his 40th home run of the season.
— SNY (@SNYtv) August 18, 2019
Alonso’s home run broke the record set by Cody Bellinger during his 2017 rookie campaign. Looking back at spring training, the Mets seem foolish for even contemplating starting the season with Alonso in the minors. At the same time they look a little smarter for deciding not to call Alonso up during the end of the 2018 season.
What is the Next Record to Break?
Leaving home runs out of the equation, Alonso is 3 behind the NL and 4 behind the MLB record for most hit by pitch from a rookie. This is obviously minuscule compared to a home run record, but it is always nice to own multiple records in a rookie season.
Congrats @Pete_Alonso20 on breaking the NL rookie HR record. u a beast 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🙌🙌
— CodyBellinger (@Cody_Bellinger) August 18, 2019
The MLB rookie record is 52, set by Aaron Judge in 2017. Alonso will need to homer about once every three games to get the record. It is not impossible, but the Polar Bear has his work cut out for him over the last month and a half of the season. All the fans want him to get the record, but one thing for certain is that Alonso only cares about leading the Mets into the postseason.