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Mets’ Pete Alonso, Astros’ Yordan Alvarez Take Home Rookie of the Year Honors


Mets first baseman Pete Alonso broke the record for home runs by a rookie, hitting 53 this season. So to no one's surprise, on Monday he took home the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s National League Rookie of the Year Award, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes.

Alonso led the MLB in home runs, finished fourth overall with 120 RBIs and was tied for third with 85 extra-base hits. He also broke the Mets’ single-season home run record. 

While Alonso received all but one first-place vote, the Astros’ Yordan Alvarez took home the American League Rookie of the Year award unanimously.

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Alvarez played in only 87 games for the American League champions, hitting 27 home runs and recording 78 RBI. He became the 11th American League rookie to receive every first-place vote and played the fewest games for any position player ever named AL Rookie of the Year.

"Incredible rookie season and a well deserved honor. Dominant impact on the field and as a teammate," Astros manager A.J. Hinch tweeted following the announcement. "Very proud of how he handled success and how he became a mainstay in our line-up. Can't wait to see him build off this season."

The 22-year-old Alvarez beat out the Baltimore Orioles' John Means and the Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe, who finished second and third respectively.

Atlanta Braves starter Mike Soroka finished second in the National League voting with 82 points, including one first-place vote, while San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. finished third.

On Tuesday, MLB will announce the Manager of the Year in each league.