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Pete Alonso

Pete Alonso
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Alonso with the Mets at Nationals Park in 2019
New York Mets - No. 20
First baseman
Born: (1994-12-07) December 7, 1994 (age 24)
Tampa, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
March 28, 2019, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
(through September 18, 2019)
Batting average.266
Home runs49
Runs batted in113
Career highlights and awards

Peter Morgan Alonso (born December 7, 1994), nicknamed "Polar Bear",[1][2][3] is an American professional baseball first baseman for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2019, when he became the Mets' all-time single-season home run leader and set the record for most home runs by a National League rookie.

Early life

Alonso was born to Michelle and Peter Matthew Alonso in Tampa, Florida. His paternal grandfather, Peter Conrad Alonso, had fled his hometown of Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War and settled in Queens, New York.[4]

Alonso attended Jesuit High School in Tampa for his first two years of high school, and transferred to Henry B. Plant High School in Tampa to finish high school.[5][6] He played lacrosse and football as a freshman before quitting to focus solely on baseball.[7] For the baseball team, he was a third baseman.[8] He enrolled at the University of Florida, where he played college baseball for the Florida Gators as a first baseman.[8] He was named All-Southeastern Conference in his freshman year.[6] In 2016, his junior year, he hit .374/.469/.659 with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs in 58 games.[9] He competed for Florida in the 2015 and 2016 College World Series.[10]

Professional career

Minor leagues

The New York Mets selected Alonso in the second round, with the 64th overall selection, of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.[8][11] He signed with the Mets for a $909,200 signing bonus,[12] and spent 2016 with the Brooklyn Cyclones of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League, where he posted a .322 batting average with five home runs and 21 RBIs in thirty games. He was chosen to participate in the league's All-Star Game.[13] He began the 2017 season with the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, and after batting .286 with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs in 82 games, was promoted to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies of the Class AA Eastern League in August,[14] where he batted .311 with two home runs and five RBIs in 11 games.[15]

Alonso batting for the Las Vegas 51s in 2018 ranked Alonso as New York's fourth best prospect going into the 2018 season.[16] He began the 2018 season in Binghamton,[17] and received a midseason promotion to the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. He represented the Mets in the 2018 All-Star Futures Game.[18] In 132 games between Binghamton and Las Vegas, he slashed .285/.395/.579 with 36 home runs and 119 RBIs.[19] He won the Joe Bauman Home Run Award.[20] That season, Alonso was the final batter in Cashman Field history, as he hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning during the last baseball game played at the facility.[21]

New York Mets

Alonso made the Mets Opening Day roster in 2019 as the starting first baseman.[22] Alonso was in the team's starting lineup on Opening Day on March 28, and recorded his first major league hit against Washington Nationals pitcher Justin Miller in the eighth inning.[23] He hit his first major league home run on April 1 off of Drew Steckenrider of the Miami Marlins.[24] On April 9, Alonso had his first career multi-home run game against the Minnesota Twins.[25]

Alonso became the first player in MLB history since 1900 with 11 extra-base hits in his first 10 career games. No other player ever had more than nine.[26] In April, Alonso batted .292 with nine home runs, eight doubles, one triple and 26 RBIs in his first games in the big leagues. He won the National League Rookie of the Month Award for April.[27] Alonso's nine home runs lead all MLB rookies and are tied for the most by a Mets player before May 1 with Neil Walker (2016), John Buck (2013), Carlos Delgado (2006) and Dave Kingman (1976).[28]

On June 22, Alonso hit his 26th home run, breaking the National League record for most home runs by a rookie before the All-Star break, passing Cody Bellinger. The next day, with his 27th home run, he broke the Mets rookie home run record, previously set by Darryl Strawberry in 1983.[29][30] Alonso was selected as a reserve to the 2019 All-Star Game.[31] He also won the National League Rookie of the Month Award for the month of June.[32]

On July 7, Alonso became the second player in Mets history to hit the most home runs (30) before the All-Star break, after Dave Kingman (1976).[33] On July 8, Alonso won the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby, defeating Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 23-22 in the final round, becoming only the second rookie, after Aaron Judge, to win the Derby outright. On the way to the final round, Alonso also beat Carlos Santana and Ronald Acuña Jr., hitting 57 total home runs during the entire Derby.[34]

On August 15, Alonso, in a 10-8 win over the Atlanta Braves, hit his 39th home run, tying Bellinger for the most home runs by a rookie in National League history. Alonso finished the game with a career-high five hits and six RBIs.[35] He broke Bellinger's record on August 18 with his 40th home run in an 11-5 win against the Kansas City Royals.[36] On August 27, Alonso hit his 42nd home run to become the Mets all-time single-season home run leader, surpassing Carlos Beltrán and Todd Hundley. He is the first rookie to set his franchise's single-season home run record since Johnny Rizzo did it for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1938.[37]


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  14. ^ "Ponies' Alonso rips first two Double-A homers". Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "Peter Alonso Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved 2018.
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  19. ^ "Peter Alonso Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved 2018.
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  24. ^ Healey, Tim. "Alonso's first HR boosts Mets in win over Marlins". Newsday. Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ De Nicola, Christina (April 2, 2019). "Alonso's first career HR an EPIC blast". Retrieved 2019.
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  27. ^ Thosar, Deesha. "Pete Alonso becomes fourth Met to win Rookie of the Month honors". Retrieved 2019.
  28. ^ Thornburg, Chad (May 2, 2019). "Brandon Lowe Pete Alonso Rookies of the Month". Retrieved 2019.
  29. ^ Thosar, Deesha. "Pete Alonso ties Darryl Strawberry for Mets rookie HR record in dominating win over Cubs".
  30. ^ Russell Dorsey (June 22, 2019). "Pete Alonso home run makes NL rookie history". Retrieved 2019.
  31. ^ "Pete Alonso among three Mets named to All-Star Game". SNY.
  32. ^ Harrigan, Thomas (July 3, 2019). "Alvarez, Alonso are top rookies for June". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2019.
  33. ^ "WATCH: Pete Alonso ties another Mets record with 30th home run". SNY.
  34. ^ Feinsand, Mark (July 8, 2019). "Polar Bear Pete! Alonso wins Home Run Derby". Retrieved 2019.
  35. ^ Anthony DiComo (May 24, 2018). "Pete Alonso ties National League rookie HR record". Retrieved 2019.
  36. ^ Falkoff, Robert (May 24, 2018). "Pete Alonso sets NL rookie home run record with 40". Retrieved 2019.
  37. ^ "Alonso becomes Mets' homer king with No. 42". Retrieved 2019.

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