New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso blasted his 50th home run of the season on Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds. It was a tremendous piece of hitting, with Alonso taking a down-and-away pitch and crushing it 437 feet to right-center field.

Alonso becomes the first 50-homer hitter in the majors since Giancarlo Stanton hit 59 in 2017. It’s the fifth-highest total this decade:

Oh, AND HE’S A ROOKIE. Aaron Judge (with 52 in 2017) is the only other rookie in MLB history to hit 50+.

Yes, the baseball is juiced, and home runs are leaving the yard at record rates. Eugenio Suarez (48), Cody Bellinger (45), and Jorge Soler (45) have a chance to join Alonso in the 50-homer club (Mike Trout — 45 — and Christian Yelich — 44 — probably would’ve hit 50+, but they’re done for the season). But this has been a remarkable season from Alonso and he’s a special power hitter (as we saw in the 2019 Home Run Derby).

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