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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Alonso slugs 50th, now 2 away from Judge’s mark

Another night, another powerful statement from Pete Alonso.

The rookie Mets slugger hit his major league-leading 50th home run of the season Friday, sending a towering two-run shot to deep right-center field in the eighth inning to help send New York to an 8-1 victory against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Alonso became the second rookie in major league history to hit 50 home runs, and now is just two shy of the mark set by the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, who hit 52 in his first season in 2017. Alonso and the Mets have nine games left in the regular season.

“That’s just mind-boggling to me,” Alonso told SNY. “I’m a huge baseball fan. I’ve always been a baseball fan my entire life and there’s so many great players who played this game. It’s just nuts—it’s just nuts to think about.”

I forget- is fifty home runs in a season less impressive because of how many home runs have been hit, or still with some merit because so many of the home runs have been a bunch of people hitting twenty?

 

QLE Posted: September 21, 2019 at 12:26 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. bbmck Posted: September 21, 2019 at 01:06 AM (#5881458)
2019 NL: 78194 AB, 3114 HR, HR per 25.11 AB, Pete Alonso 560 AB, 50 HR, HR per 11.2 AB or 2.24x as often
2009 NL: 87884 AB, 2482 HR, HR per 35.41 AB, HR per ~15.81: Jayson Werth 571 AB, 36 HR, 15.86
1999 NL: 89011 AB, 2893 HR, HR per 30.77 AB, HR per ~13.74: Jeff Bagwell 562 AB, 42 HR, 13.38
1989 NL: 65817 AB, 1365 HR, HR per 48.22 AB, HR per ~21.53: Von Hayes 540 AB, 26 HR, 20.77
1979 NL: 66088 AB, 1427 HR, HR per 46.31 AB, HR per ~20.68: Davey Lopes 582 AB, 28 HR, 20.79
1969 NL: 65751 AB, 1470 HR, HR per 44.73 AB, HR per ~19.97: Ron Santo 575 AB, 29 HR, 19.83
   2. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: September 21, 2019 at 02:52 PM (#5881575)
Alonso's season is basically Andruw Jones' 2005...without the defense.
   3. Booey Posted: September 21, 2019 at 09:50 PM (#5881773)
Well, HR's may be a dime a dozen this year, but everyone else is playing under the same conditions, and Alonzo is still leading the majors. So that's something.

If he hangs on, he'll also become only the 4th rookie in the lively ball era to lead his league in homers (Kiner in 1946, McGwire in 1987, Judge in 2017), and he'll join McGwire as the only rookies to lead the entire majors in HR (and Mac only tied for the ML lead).

So I'd say Alonzo's season merits more than a "meh".
   4. Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: September 22, 2019 at 11:17 AM (#5881839)
The 50+ home runs may be the outlier but Alonso isn’t some dude who is suddenly hitting a bunch of homers unexpectedly. He was a highly regarded prospect coming into the year and his stock in trade is his power. If he’s “just” a ..250/.350/.525 first baseman with 35 home run power the Mets should be quite satisfied with that.
   5. Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: September 22, 2019 at 11:19 AM (#5881840)
I’ve said it elsewhere but I firmly believe one of the keys this winter is teams correctly identifying guys who are legitimate sluggers and identifying guys who benefitted from the juiced ball. Similarly I suspect there are some pitchers out there who are likely to be much improved next year because the lively ball hurt them more than others for some reason.
   6. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: September 22, 2019 at 11:57 AM (#5881849)
Similarly I suspect there are some pitchers out there who are likely to be much improved next year because the lively ball hurt them more than others for some reason.
...assuming they actually do something about the ball.

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