New York Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has tied Aaron Judge’s single-season rookie home run record.

Back in 2017, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge set a new single-season rookie home run record. Judge hit 52 that year, in what was a remarkable season for anyone in general, not just a rookie.

Two years later, New York Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has tied that mark. On Friday night in the bottom of the first inning against the Atlanta Braves, Alonso smacked a one-out, 0-1 pitch to left field for a solo home run off of Dallas Keuchel. It’s his 52nd of his sensational inaugural season in the major leagues.

Despite the Mets already having been eliminated from postseason contention, the rookie surely has a lot to play for.

Alonso is also trying to maintain his league-lead in home runs. He’s ahead of Cincinnati Reds infielder Eugenio Suarez, who has 49 thus far on the year.

Not to mention, Alonso is additionally chasing the National League Rookie of the Year award. Regardless of if he passes Judge or not, he should have a great chance to win the prestigious honor.

The Mets were eliminated on Wednesday night after the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Cincinnati Reds 9-2. New York needed to win out while having the Brewers lose out. Despite it being possible going into their game on Wednesday, the Mets would’ve needed an essential miracle to make the postseason.

New York will host the Atlanta Braves for one final three-game series to close out the regular season this weekend.

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