No rookie in Major League history has hit more home runs than Mets standout Pete Alonso. On Saturday against the Braves in the penultimate game of the 2019 season, Alonso hit his 53rd home run, a solo shot in the third inning, off Mike Foltynewicz at Citi Field.
Alonso, 24, broke a tie with Yankees' Aaron Judge, who set the record two seasons ago. After Alonso tied Judge's mark on Friday, the Yankees slugger said that . The top four sluggers for the most home runs in a rookie season now looks as follows:
- Pete Alonso - 53, 2019
- Aaron Judge - 52, 2017
- Mark McGwire - 49, 1987
- Cody Bellinger - 39, 2017
So far in the month of September, Alonso has hit 10 homers and he's crushed three homers in the last four games. His 53rd homer has all but guaranteed that the rookie is going to finish the season atop the league's home run leaderboard. As of Saturday, Reds' Eugenio Suarez and Dodgers' Cody Bellinger sit behind Alonso, with 49 and 47 home runs, respectively.
This isn't the only history-making feat for the youngster this season. Alonso won this year'sand captured the , passing Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley. He also picked up the Mets franchise records for total bases (347) and extra-base hits (85). Alonso is expected to take home honors this offseason.