Tampa Native Pete Alonso Wins MLB NL Rookie Of The Year
It’s been a great season for 24-year-old “Polar Bear” Pete Alonso and now to tie it all together he WON MLB National League Rookie of the Year, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America voting.
The former Florida Gator and current New York Mets first baseman came in to the league ready to play ball. Pete was named an All-Star when he won the Home Run Derby and then became an instant fan-favorite by donating $100,000 of his $1 million derby prize to charities supporting injured soldiers and 9/11 workers. Shortly after, the Tampa native set the all-time MLB rookie record with 53 home runs.
Pete Alonso went to Jesuit High School his freshman and sophomore year and finished out his high school years at Henry B. Plant High School. Now he is known as one of the best rookies in baseball. How cool!
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This year was a dreamlike whirlwind that I couldn’t dream up better if I tried. Thank you to the @Mets for giving me a chance right out of the gate. Thank you to my incredible teammates. You guys were such a pleasure to play with every day. Only big thing to come in the future for us!!!!! Thank you to the fans for welcoming me, accepting me, and making NY feel like home. I’m so humbled to be named Rookie of the Year, but the work doesn’t stop. We got an awesome group of guys that are going to go a long way. 2020 is going to be extremely special!!!! #LFGM
[Source: ABC ACTION NEWS]