Pete Alonso
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New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso breaks MLB’s all-time single-season rookie home run record with No. 53, surpassing Aaron Judge.

On Saturday night, Pete Alonso officially separated himself from Aaron Judge.

The New York Mets studly rookie smacked home run No. 53 to set the new MLB single-season rookie home run record.

The record-setting blast happened in the bottom of the third inning of a 2-0 game against the NL East-winning Atlanta Braves. Mike Foltynewicz’s 2-1 pitch was promptly served by the Polar Bear into the right-centerfield stands.

Alonso, 24, is polishing off one of the greatest rookie performances in Mets history. Alonso, over 160 games, is now sitting with 53 home runs and 120 runs batted in, to go along with a .260 average heading into Saturday night.

The Mets fell short of the postseason, but can point to a couple of cornerstone pieces around the diamond, Alonso included.

Alonso and the Mets will conclude the season on Sunday afternoon against the very same Braves club. With an 84-76 mark, one thing is certain moving forward: Pete Alonso is a franchise-type everyday player in the big leagues.

 

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