Mets Slugger Pete Alonso Wins NL Rookie Of The Year Award

WCBS 880 Newsroom
November 11, 2019 - 6:48 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mets first baseman Pete Alonso was officially named the National League Rookie of the Year Monday night. 

Major League Baseball announced Alonso won the award for 2019. He was named a finalist for the prize last week, along with Mike Soroka of the Atlanta Braves and Fernando Tatis Jr. of San Diego Padres.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, it was hard to determine what kind of season Alonso would have in April, but months later the short answer is: Historic.

The Mets slugger managed to shatter the rookie record for home runs in a single season by September and also left a huge mark on the team when he created custom cleats for all his teammates in memory of 9/11.

“It's astounding to think what he accomplished and how he grabbed it and ran with it right off the bat,” said WCBS 880 broadcaster Ed Colman.

Coleman says there’s been no other Mets rookie quite like Alonso ever before.

“I really don't think there's anybody else, you know,” Coleman said. “David Wright's rookie season – that was fine. That was great, you know.”

But, he said nobody has done what Alonso did.

Darryl Strawberry was the only other Mets position player to win the NL Rookie of the Year award and told the New York Post he spoke with Alonso to give him some advice.

“Continue to have fun. Make baseball fun, don’t get caught up in being the Next This or the Next That because it happens to a lot of young players, it never really works out for them because sometimes the expectations can be too much,” Strawberry said he told Alonso.

Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom is also up for National League Cy Young Award, which he won last year. That prize will be announced Wednesday evening.

Earlier Monday evening, Yordan Àlvarez of the Houston Astros was unanimously chosen as the American League Rookie of the Year.