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#GatorAlways: Pete Alonso blasts first MLB homer 444 feet

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Former Florida Gators first baseman Pete Alonso has been an absolute hit in New York in the opening week of the 2019 MLB season.

Alonso, who made the opening day roster as the Mets’ starting first baseman, went 6-12 (.500) with three doubles and three RBI in his first three games against the Washington Nationals.

On Monday, Alonso hit his first MLB home run, and did so in his home state against the division rival, Miami Marlins. The Tampa native took the first pitch of his fifth at-bat to straight-away center.

The homer came after the Mets took a 4-3 lead and provided three runs of insurance. The exit velocity on the three-run shot was 112.8 as it traveled 444 feet.

Alonso played for Florida from 2014-16 before being selected by the Mets in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

In 2019 Alonso recorded 36 homers and 119 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A ball while hitting .285.

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