Pete Alonso Named 2019 National League Rookie of the Year

Michael Natale

Your 2019 National League Rookie of the Year is Pete Alonso. 

The 24-year-old first baseman was the clear favorite to win the award. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes. The other nominees were Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka and San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

“I am so grateful to the Baseball Writers’ Association for their recognition,” Alonso said. “I’m truly blessed and humbled to be part of a group of some of the best to ever play the game. This season was the most special time I’ve ever had on a baseball field. I’m extremely thankful to the Mets for allowing me the opportunity to prove myself at the major league level this year. I can’t wait to get back to work in the spring and make a push for the postseason in 2020.”

Alonso is the sixth New York Met to win Rookie of the Year. The previous five were Tom Seaver (1967), Jon Matlack (1972), Darryl Strawberry (1984), Dwight Gooden (1985), and Jacob deGrom (2014). 

Alonso bursted onto the scene in 2019, and has turned into one of the best home run hitters in all of baseball. He put together a historic rookie season, hitting 53 home runs. Those 53 home runs were the most by any player in 2019, and are also the most a rookie has ever hit in a single season. 

Alonso was named an All Star, and also became the first rookie to win the Home Run Derby. It's hard to believe any Mets fan imagined he'd put together this impressive of a rookie season. 

The Mets have never had a home run hitter quite like Alonso. His 53 home runs were the most a Mets player has ever hit in a single season. 

Not only was Alonso's play impressive, but he also quickly turned into the team leader of this Mets team. Whenever they needed a big hit in 2019, it seemed like he was the guy to step up and deliver. The future is bright for Alonso, and Mets fans should be excited to see such a classy and talented player to lead the way. 

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