Pete Alonso on setting Mets’ single-season HR record: ‘I want it’
Pete Alonso is in the midst of an electric rookie campaign, and sits only a few round-trippers away from the New York Mets’ single-season home run record. In a candid admission, the budding superstar has made it no secret that he cannot wait for his name to take the top spot on that list.
Alonso, who won the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game last month, hit a homer for the third straight game in Wednesday’s 7-2 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. It marked the second time this season he has homered in three straight games.
Wednesday’s long ball leaves Alonso with 37 home runs, four shy of the Mets’ single-season record of 41, which is shared by Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran.
Matt Snyder of CBS Sports relayed the following exchange he had with Alonso after Wednesday’s win.
I went to ask Alonso if he knew what the Mets’ franchise home run record was.
“Forty one!” he said emphatically before I even finished the question. “Not that I’m counting,” he added sarcastically with a smile.
I followed up, asking if that was a goal at this point.
“Yes, I want it,” he said.
To say Alonso has been a revelation for the Mets in his first season would be an understatement. Currently slashing at a .260/.364/.595 clip, Alonso has the aforementioned 37 homers along with 83 RBI.
Alonso is deservedly the clear front-runner to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award. He is also on pace to break the record for homers by a rookie, which was set in 2017 when New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit 52 homers in his first MLB season.
The Mets, left for dead earlier in the season, have been scorching hot of late, winning 13 of their last 14 games. In doing so, the Mets (59-56) now sit only a half-game back in the NL Wild Card chase. Alonso without question has been among the major catalysts behind the Mets’ surge, so much so that his clever rallying cry is even being credited for the hot streak.