With 40 home runs in his rookie season for the New York Mets, Pete Alonso becomes the first NL ballplayer to ever do it. Indeed – on Sunday in Kansas City – Alonso hit a blast to left field that broke Cody Bellinger’s 2017 rookie record.
It was really a nice home run at Kaufmann Stadium.
Alonso has really surprised me. While at first I saw him, I figured there was no way this guy had this type of upside. Surely, he’s extremely white and balding and kind of dorky. However, the guy has big time power and I really like the type of young man he seems to be. For the first time in a long time, the Mets have a guy who I have some interest in from a position-player standpoint.
The Mets may miss out on the Wildcard spot they’re vying for, but Alonso will remain a favorite of mine for a long time. I guess I could call him an acquired taste. And I think he’s going to end up with closer to that 52 mark that Aaron Judge had for the overall rookie record in 2017 than Bellinger’s in the end.
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) August 18, 2019
A bright future awaits this kid in Flushing.