By Jerry Del Priore
It’s late August, and Pete Alonso has already broken the National League (NL) rookie home run record with his 40th long ball of the season, a blast to left field in the top of the ninth in the New York Mets’ 11-5 win over the Kanas City Royals Sunday afternoon at Kaufman Stadium.
It was Alonso’s sixth homer of August.
Los Angeles Dodgers star Cody Bellinger held the previous rookie-setting mark with 39 dingers in 2017. New York Yankee outfielder Aaron Judge holds the MLB home run record with 50, set in ’17.
The Polar Bear is a huge reason why the Mets (64-60) are in the thick of things for a playoff spot in the NL. For instance, Alonso’s two-run, game-winning single put the Mets ahead, 3-1, against the Royals last night.
Additiontionaly, the 24-year-old slugger has driven in 95 runs to go along with a .375 OBP and a .979 OPS. Alonso also said that a Kansas City fan gave him the record-setting ball, with him signing a few memorabilia pieces for the fan in return.
New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen’s decision to break spring training camp with Alonso on the team looks like a brilliant one at this junctor, and it doesn’t seem like it will change any time soon.
Alonso’s raw power and clutch hitting have the Mets believing they could be playoff-bound.
To quote Alonso: “LFGM.”