A season in which Pete Alonso was an All-Star, won the Home Run Derby and broke the rookie home run record with 53, the 24-year-old first baseman was named the National League Rookie of the Year.
Alonso received 29 of 30 first place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Atlanta Braves starter Mike Soroka finished second in voting with 82 points and received the final first place vote.
“I’m really happy with the year I had, but the ultimate goal is to win a World Series,” Alonso said after receiving the honor. “I want to win a World Series and help the New York Mets hoist that trophy up at the end of the year.”
Nicknamed Polar Bear Pete, Alonso is the sixth Met to win the award, joining the ranks of Tom Seaver (1967), Jon Matlack (1972), Darryl Strawberry (1983), Dwight Gooden (1984) and Jacob deGrom (2014).
Despite the Mets claiming that Alonso wasn’t ready to be called up during the 2018 season, when Brodie Van Wagenen was named general manager, he added him to the 25-man roster. The move allows Alonso to reach free agency a year earlier than if he started the first two weeks of the 2019 season in Triple-A.
Alonso immediately made an impact, winning NL Rookie of the Month honors in April and June. He would later go on to win Rookie of the Month in September, making him the first rookie in Mets’ franchise history to win three such awards in the same season.
If those feats don’t jump off the page, Alonso was the first rookie in MLB history to pace the major in home runs. And he was the first Mets player to ever accomplish such a feat.
“To be a part of Major League Baseball history, to be number one out of every single guy to play the game, it’s humbling and it’s such a ridiculously awesome feeling,” Alonso said after passing Aaron Judge to have the rookie home run title.
Alonso was the eighth player in Mets history to score at least 100 runs and have 100 RBI in a single season, and was the first rookie to it. He also set franchise rookie records with 120 RBI, 103 runs scored and 155 hits.
For the season, Alonso batted .260 over the course of 161 games played.
Fellow teammates expressed congratulations to Alonso following the announcement.
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