He also called the moment "pure magic."

A glance at the Mets' roster shows five players -- Michael Conforto, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Brandon Nimmo, and J.D. “That moment was pure magic.”. On November 11, Alonso was awarded the National League Rookie of the Year, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes. A look at Alonso's numbers via Statcast/Baseball Savant tell a similar story to his advanced numbers via FanGraphs.

But if I get to pick and it’s on him, then it may be Peter Luger’s or something.”. He’s a fantastic guy.

By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's Terms and Privacy Policy. Your Ad Choices Everything you need to know about sports betting starts here. His approach from 2019 to 2020 hasn't changed a ton, but the type of contact he's making has. Alonso's hard hit rate of 29.5 percent is down substantially from where it was in 2019, when it was 42.2 percent. It was one of the reasons why Alonso was not in the lineup on Wednesday. “It felt like yesterday I was getting raw eggs put on my head, mustard, flour, soap, whatever anybody could find,” Alonso said. Only making the night sweeter for Alonso was the fact his family was present, including his mother, father and fiancée. [19] He began the 2018 season in Binghamton,[20] and received a midseason promotion to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. 42", "Mets' Pete Alonso ties Aaron Judge's rookie record with 52nd homer", "Alonso sets rookie HR record with No. Your California Privacy Rights [23] That season, Alonso was the final batter in Cashman Field history, as he hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning during the last baseball game played at the facility. Alonso had to earn a spot on the Mets’ roster in spring training. He also shattered the Mets’ single-season record for homers, shared by Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran. With an uppercut swing in Saturday night’s third inning, the Mets slugger stood alone as the all-time leader in homers for a rookie. Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights [36], On July 7, Alonso became the second player in Mets history to hit the most home runs (30) before the All-Star break, after Dave Kingman (1976). Sitemap [46], In the 2020 season shortened by COVID-19, he played in 57 of the 60 games and batted .231/.326/.490 with 16 home runs and 35 RBIs.

The above means that for Alonso, barring a torrid finish, 2020 will be a season to forget. [9] He enrolled at the University of Florida, where he played college baseball for the Florida Gators as a first baseman. He was named All-Southeastern Conference in his freshman year.

A glance at Alonso's "clutch" stats show that he doesn't seem to be putting any added pressure on himself in key spots (he's hitting .368 in high leverage situations), but the sample size is too small to draw any kind of conclusion. [41], On September 27, Alonso hit his 52nd home run of the season, tying Aaron Judge for the most home runs by a rookie in MLB history.

Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Earlier this week, Mets manager Luis Rojas said Alonso has been working incredibly hard but simply hasn't been able to get into a rhythm. Get the latest odds on all the top sports. What can be said for slumping in the season of COVID? You can see it in his face how genuine everything and every emotion he has is.”. So here it goes... Alonso, who slashed .260/.358/.583 in 2019 is slashing .215/.317/.430 in 2020. The Pete Alonso the Mets have gotten in 2020 is not the Pete Alonso who took baseball by storm in 2019, when he smacked a rookie-record 53 homers as he became an exit velocity King and embraced his Polar Bear persona. He started his off-season by getting engaged to be married.

1 out of every single guy that played the game, it’s humbling and it’s such a ridiculously awesome feeling,” Alonso said after the Mets beat the Braves 3-0. That seems like forever ago and I’m just really thankful and the fans were absolutely electric tonight.

And, like the rest of us, he can hope that next year and next season brings a return to normalcy -- or close to it. [16] He began the 2017 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, and after batting .286 with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs in 82 games, was promoted to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies of the Class AA Eastern League in August,[17] where he batted .311 with two home runs and five RBIs in 11 games. Get all the sports news you need, direct to your inbox. [44][45] On December 10, Alonso was named to the first team of the inaugural All-MLB Team. He has one sibling, Alex Alonso, who plays lacrosse for Queens University of Charlotte. But unlike past seasons, it will be hard to draw conclusions. [29], Alonso became the first player in MLB history since 1900 with 11 extra-base hits in his first 10 career games. [40] On August 27, Alonso hit his 42nd home run to become the Mets all-time single-season home run leader, surpassing Carlos Beltrán and Todd Hundley. Pete Alonso. [22] He won the Joe Bauman Home Run Award.
Some players have complained about the stops and starts and the very limited amount of time they had to get ready for Opening Day being a hindrance. Mets fans were understandably thrilled when Pete Alonso belted his... Pete Alonso’s record-breaking home run brought him — along with... Post was not sent - check your email addresses! His next task: winning the four-man competition to start at first base on Opening Day. He made his MLB debut during the 2019 season and broke the Major League record for the most home runs by a rookie with 53. 53 moved Alonso ahead of Aaron Judge for the record. When Alonso returned to first base for the fourth inning, he was moved to tears. Peter Morgan Alonso (born December 7, 1994), nicknamed "Polar Bear",[1][2][3] is an American professional baseball first baseman for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB).

[11] In 2016, his junior year, he hit .374/.469/.659 with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs in 58 games. [37] On July 8, Alonso won the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby, defeating Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 23–22 in the final round, becoming only the second rookie, after Aaron Judge, to win the Derby outright. While Alonso's chase rate in 2020 is nearly identical to what it was in 2019, he's making contact in those instances far less -- 47.3 percent in 2020, compared to 58.3 percent in 2019. He won the National League Rookie of the Month Award for April. “He has a lot of fun, but he’s real serious about what he does. View this post on Instagram. No other player ever had more than nine. The theme from “The Natural” blared as Alonso rounded the bases after blasting a 2-1 pitch from Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz in Alonso’s second plate appearance of the night. 13 prospect Peter Alonso flashing All-Star form with Brooklyn Cyclones – MiLB.com News – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball", "Ponies' Alonso rips first two Double-A homers", "Peter Alonso Stats, Highlights, Bio – MiLB.com Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball", "Gimenez leads new Mets Top 30 Prospects list", "Mets' Alonso reaches four-gone conclusion", "Mets prospect Peter Alonso to play in Futures Game", "Alonso ties for home run lead with walk-off", "Pete Alonso gets Mets roster spot after amazing spring training", "Mets' Pete Alonso 'walking on clouds' after major league debut and first hit", "Alonso's first HR boosts Mets in win over Marlins", "Mets rookie Pete Alonso made MLB history on Tuesday", "Pete Alonso becomes fourth Met to win Rookie of the Month honors", "Brandon Lowe Pete Alonso Rookies of the Month", "Pete Alonso ties Darryl Strawberry for Mets rookie HR record in dominating win over Cubs", "Pete Alonso home run makes NL rookie history", "Pete Alonso among three Mets named to All-Star Game", "Alvarez, Alonso are top rookies for June", "WATCH: Pete Alonso ties another Mets record with 30th home run", "Polar Bear Pete!
[27] He hit his first major league home run on April 1 off of Drew Steckenrider of the Miami Marlins. “I’ll talk to him, but if he’s picking the place, it’s probably McDonald’s or something because I eat a lot. A post shared by Pete Alonso (@pistol_pete20) on Jul 4, 2019 at 7:57pm PDT.

“He’s really passionate. The two met at the All-Star Game in Cleveland this season — where Alonso won the Home Run Derby — but have never socialized away from the field. We've received your submission. He was also the first Mets player to hit 50 or more home runs in a season, setting the Mets' single-season home run record in the process. Pete Alonso, the Giddy Star Rising in Queens.

A look at other rosters, including the Milwaukee Brewers, where superstar Christian Yelich is hitting .208/.338/.440 -- shows other upper-echelon players who are having trouble like Alonso. The Mets have never had a single-season home run champion, but Alonso moved four ahead of the Reds’ Eugenio Suarez for the major league lead. That there will likely be more questions than answers for Alonso heading into 2021 is frustrating, but he can take solace in the fact that he's not alone. [33][34] Alonso was selected as a reserve to the 2019 All-Star Game.

53", "Alonso runs away with NL Rookie of the Year", "Mets slugger Pete Alonso wins National League Rookie of the Year", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pete_Alonso&oldid=982397743, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Career statistics and player information from, This page was last edited on 7 October 2020, at 21:47. But to simply call what Alonso is going through in 2020 a sophomore slump would be both lazy and unfair.

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