What's The MLB Record For Most Home Runs Hit By A Rookie?
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Most Home Runs Hit By An MLB Rookie
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MLB is seeing more and more young players come up quickly and make an impact. Gone are the days where a player sits in the minors for seven years and only gets called up when he has to shave everyday. This article, we’re looking at the most home runs in MLB rookie history. Get Free MLB Picks and MLB Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place.
Here are the most home runs by a rookie in MLB history.
Note: I’m factoring in actual rookie seasons, so Aaron Judge doesn’t make the list considering he played 27 games in 2016 before hitting 52 bombs the following year.
1. Pete Alonso, New York Mets, 53 home runs, 2019 - Pete Alonso won Rookie of the Year and was in the MVP conversation, averaging a home run every 11.2 at bats. Alonso had four games where he hit two home runs and 18 of his bombs gave the Mets the lead.
2. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers, 39 home runs, 2017 - Cody Bellinger hit 39 homers in 480 at bats and had six multi homer games. From June 11 to June 25, Bellinger hit 11 home runs, six doubles and had 23 RBI.
3. Frank Robinson, Cincinnati Redlegs, 38 home runs, 1956 - Frank Robinson and his 38 home runs his rookie season were the third-most he hit in his career, as he won Rookie of the Year and was an MVP candidate. Robinson is still second all-time in Cincinnati Reds history with 324 home runs.
3. Wally Berger, Boston Braves, 38 home runs, 1930 - Wally Berger never hit more home runs than he did his rookie season despite playing 10 more years. In fact, Berger hit just 36 home runs in his following two years combined.
5. Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals, 37 home runs, 2001 - Albert Pujols set the bar high with 37 home runs and ended up hitting 30 or more homers in each of his first 12 seasons. Pujols is second in St. Louis Cardinals history with 445 home runs.
6. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox, 36 home runs, 2014 - Jose Abreu hit 10 home runs in 111 at bats in the month of April, and it was off from there. Abreu has 179 homers through his first six years, which include two walk-off shots and 69 go aheads.
7. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers, 34 home runs, 2007 - Ryan Braun and his 34 home runs is the third-best season he’s had in terms of power, and he also led the league in slugging this year with a .634 percentage. Braun leads the Milwaukee Brewers with 344 career home runs.
8. Jimmie Hall, Minnesota Twins, 33 home runs, 1963 - Jimmie Hall never topped this home run total despite playing seven more years, and he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting behind Gary Peters and Pete Ward.
9. Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox, 31 home runs, 2019 - Eloy Jimenez proved to be a big part of an up and coming White Sox team, as he hit 31 homers in 468 at bats and hit 19 of them on the road. A total of 13 of Jimenez’s home runs gave the White Sox the lead.
9. Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox, 31 home runs, 1939 - This was the start of a Hall of Fame career, as Ted Williams hit 31 homers at 20 years old and led the league with 145 RBI. Williams finished fourth in MVP voting this year behind Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx and Bob Feller.