NEW YORK — Mets slugger Pete Alonso hit his 53rd home run of the season Saturday night, breaking the MLB rookie record Yankees star Aaron Judge set in 2017.
A 24-year-old who debuted on opening day, Alonso launched a 93 mph fastball on a 1-2 count from Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz just to the right of straightaway center field. The solo shot gave New York a 3-0 lead in the third inning, which would hold as the final score.
As Alonso’s 415-foot drive landed in the seats, the Home Run Derby champion raised both arms in triumph while running to first base. Mets teammates came out of the dugout to congratulate him, and the crowd of 32,210 at Citi Field gave a standing ovation to a player nicknamed Polar Bear during spring training by teammate Todd Frazier.
There's a new rookie HR King: His name is Pete Alonso ?
53rd of the year.
— Sports ON Tap (@SONTHighlights) September 29, 2019
The kid’s reaction when Pete Alonso broke the rookie home run record ??
— Stuff That Matters ?? (@StuffMattersPod) September 29, 2019