New York Mets First Baseman Pete Alonso hit his 40th home run of the season, breaking the National League rookie home run record in the 9th inning of the Mets’ 11-5 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
The previous mark was set by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, who hit 39 in 2017. Alonso trails only the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge who set the Major League Baseball record with 52 in 2017, and former Oakland Athletics First Baseman Mark McGwire who hit 49 in 1987 for the all time rookie record.
"It's crazy," Alonso said, according to the Mets’ team website. "Coming into camp, I didn't even know if I was going to make the team or not. To break this record and have a good season, it has been unbelievable.”
Alonso is also one home run away from tying the New York Mets’ all time single season home run record, trailing only Todd Hundley, who hit 41 in 1996, and Carlos Beltran, who tied that mark in 2006.