New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a franchise record for home runs in a rookie season.
Alonso hit his 27th home run of the MLB campaign on Sunday, just 78 games into 2019, as the Mets lost 5-3 to the Chicago Cubs.
The 24-year-old's homer against the Cubs tied for his second longest this season (454 feet).
Alonso is now also tied with Dave Kingman (1976) for most home runs in franchise history before July 1.
He bested Darryl Strawberry's mark of 26 home runs in 1983.
"Congrats to Pete for breaking my record which has stood for a long time. What he's done in a short period of time is most impressive. No goal seems out of reach. I wish Pete and [the] Mets all the best the rest of year," Strawberry said in a statement released by the team.
The Mets were 37-40 entering Sunday's matchup and eight games behind the National League-East leading Atlanta Braves.
Published 24 Jun 2019, 05:44 IST