New York Mets rookie sensation Pete Alonso has won the September rookie of the month award to cap off his insane season.
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has had a season for the ages. He’s rewritten record books all season. His 53 home runs are a team record by 12 blasts and he bested New York Yankees stud Aaron Judge‘s old rookie record by one.
Alonso has the third most single-season RBI in team history (120). He is the fourth Met to lead the National League in home runs and the first since Howard Johnson in 1991. He’s the first Met to lead the MLB in home runs ever.
He’s a sure-fire bet to win Rookie of the Year and he’s prepared for that by winning the September Rookie of the Month award for the third time this season.
MLB announced on Twitter that he and Eloy Jimenez won the awards for the final month of the season.
— MLB (@MLB) September 30, 2019
Alonso, who also won the award in April and June, slashed .245/.322/.585 with 11 home runs in the final month of the season. His last home run came Saturday night when he set the rookie record. He added in 19 RBIs during the month of September.
Despite a second-half run, the Mets finished just outside of the playoff chase. There are several reasons that the team failed to make the playoffs, but Alonso is none of them. He put the team on his back and carried them as far as he could on his broad shoulders.
While it was a disappointing end to the season, Alonso is one of many reasons for optimism going forward. He’ll come back in 2020 and anchor a team that plans to regroup for a run into the playoffs.