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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Alonso sets rookie HR record with No. 53

NEW YORK—Shortly after Pete Alonso matched Aaron Judge’s Major League rookie home run record on Friday night, Judge said in no uncertain terms that Alonso would soon stand alone atop the leaderboard. No matter that only two games remained in the season. Alonso’s reputation had reached the point that the record was going to fall, in Judge’s words, “for sure.”

Not 24 hours later, Alonso made good on that prediction in the Mets’ 3-0 win over the Braves at Citi Field. The presumptive National League Rookie of the Year launched his 53rd home run over the center-field fence to stand above every rookie in MLB history.

Aware as soon as he hit it that the ball was going out, Alonso walked slowly toward first base, then thrust both hands in the air as he rounded his bases. By the time he returned to the dugout, many of his teammates were outside of it waiting for him.

The record-breaking shot marked the culmination of one of the most productive rookie seasons in Major League history. Alonso also has 120 RBIs, putting him four off the Mets’ franchise record that David Wright and Mike Piazza share.

And the milestones keep on coming!

 

QLE Posted: September 29, 2019 at 12:08 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: home runs, milestones, pete alonso, rookies

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

MLB’s First-Year Stars Are Historically Great This Season

As happened with NFL quarterbacks and pro tennis players, the traditional learning curve for Major League Baseball hitters has been re-drawn, if not outright obliterated. Apprenticeships no longer are required.

For a second consecutive year, first-year players are dominating baseball in numbers like we’ve never seen before. In the footsteps of Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna Jr., Gleyber Torres, Shohei Ohtani and others last season, Pete Alonso, Yordan Alvarez, Vlad Guerrero Jr., Eloy Jimenez, Fernando Tatis Jr. and their fellow freshmen are blowing up the idea that young hitters can’t be trusted until they are allowed time and reps to adjust to big league pitching. This is the era of Plug-and-Play Superstars.

Until last season, there had never been a season in which more than five first-year players hit 15 home runs. Then seven freshmen did so last year. And so far this season, 10 can claim the Freshman 15.

...


Set aside for now the more aerodynamic baseball, which this season is inflating home run numbers. This young hitters trend began a few years ago and has just exploded this year. The game is getting younger because the numbers show young hitters can be trusted–in many cases, more than older players.

So, how much do we buy this particular argument, and, if not, where do we see issues?

 

QLE Posted: September 10, 2019 at 01:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: fernando tatis jr., home runs, pete alonso, rookies, vladimir guerrero jr.

 

 

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