Another night, another powerful statement from Pete Alonso.
The rookie New York Mets slugger on Friday Mets to an 8-1 victory against the Reds in Cincinnati.
Yankees' Aaron Judge, Alonso became the second rookie in a major league history to hit 50 home runs, and now is just two shy of the mark who hit 52 in his first season in 2017. Alonso and the Mets have nine games left in the regular season.
|Year Player||Age (years, days)|
|2007 Prince Fielder|| 23, 1
|2019 Pete Alonso||24, 287|
|1932 Jimmie Foxx||24, 317|
|1947 Ralph Kiner||24, 326|
|1956 Mickey Mantle||24, 334|
|– Elias Sports Bureau|
"That's just mind-boggling to me," Alonso told SNY. "I'm a huge baseball fan." It's just nuts – it's just nuts to think about. "
Reds reliever Sal Romano was the victim Friday, he watched Alonso crush a 96 mph fastball some 437 feet at Great American Ball Park. It was Alonso's 34th home run at least 400 feet; The only other players with more than 30 are homers this year are the Los Angeles Angels 'Mike Trout (32) and Kansas City Royals' Jorge Soler (31).
At 24 years, 287 days, Alonso is the third-youngest player to hit 50 in a season. Only Prince Fielder (23 years, 139 days) and Willie Mays (24, 137) were younger.
"I just wanted to be the best I can every single day," Alonso told SNY when asked if he ever thought his rookie season would unfold as it has. It's such a tremendous feeling. "" It's such a tremendous feeling. "
Alonso became the 30th player in a major league history with at least one season with 50-plus homers. New York's teams had Alex Rodriguez, who had 54 en route to winning American League MVP in 2007.
It's been a record-setting season already for Alonso. He set the National League rookie home run mark with his 40th more than a month ago. The following week, he set the Mets' franchise home run record with his 42nd.
The Mets are the 21st franchise with a 50-hr hitter and the 12th in the NL. The only NL franchises without one are the Rockies, Dodgers and Nationals.
ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this report.