Mets' Slugger and former Florida Gator Pete Alonso had a monster rookie season and on Monday he was rewarded for it. Alonso received 29 of 30 first-place votes for NL Rookie of the Year. Braves right-hander Mike Soroka got the other first-place vote and finished second in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Monday night.
"To just win the award, doesn't matter if it's unanimous or not," Alonso said. "It's still such a blessing."
The 24-year-old Alonso led the majors with 53 homers, one better than Yankees slugger Aaron Judge's rookie record from 2017. "Polar Bear" Pete became the face of baseball in Flushing, beloved for his power, personality and philanthropy. He's the sixth Met to win the award and first since teammate Jacob deGrom in 2014.