New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has officially been awarded the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year.
What an inaugural season in the major leagues it was for Pete Alonso. The New York Mets first baseman finished the year with 53 home runs, 120 RBI and a slash line of .260/.358/.583. His 53 bombs broke a single-season Mets record as well as a single-season record for rookies.
And now, his accomplishments from this past season are being honored in a huge way. On Monday, Alonso was awarded the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes. Atlanta Braves rookie Mike Soroka achieved one first-place vote, with Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres receiving zero first-place votes.
This isn’t the only accomplishment Alonso he’s completed in the last few months. In July, he won the Home Run Derby, defeating Vlad Guerrero Jr. in the final round. Alonso also won the Rookie of the Month award three times this past season. Needless to say, he was a huge part of the Mets finishing with an above-.500 record of 86-76 this past year.
Alonso’s 53 home runs were, without a doubt, the most prestigious statistic he had. The previous record of 52 was held by New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge. The slugger broke it when he was a rookie in 2017.
Alonso and the Mets didn’t make the postseason this past season. However, they proved to be a ballclub that could have much potential. At one point, they were 11 games below-.500, making their final record that much more impressive.