The University of Florida has fielded a baseball program for more than one hundred years. For the first time in program history a former Gator took home end of season hardware at the Major League level.
Pete Alonso was named the National League Rookie of the Year, the MLB announced on Monday.
Alonso was a near unanimous choice for the honor as he earned twenty nine of thirty first place votes.
After fighting for his spot on the New York Mets’ roster during Spring Training, Alonso put up 53 homers and drove in 120 runs while hitting .260 on the season.
Alonso set the Mets’ franchise record for homers in a season and also topped the MLB rookie record, previously held by Yankees slugger Aaron Judge
Alonso also won the Home Run Derby in Cleveland as part of the 2019 All-Star festivities.
Alonso was New York’s second round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft after completing his collegiate career at Florida.