Pete Alonso earned more in win than he does for season | News Coverage from USA

Pete Alonso earned more in win than he does for season

New York Mets rookie slugger Pete Alonso has hit 30 home runs in his All-Star campaign.

And on Monday night, he hit 23 to outlast worn-down Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the final round of the Home Run Derby. In doing so Alonso won a $1 million bonus, which just so happens to be nearly double the base salary of $555,000, the league minimum, he’ll earn with the Mets this season.

The 24-year-old said he will donate 5% of the winnings to the Wounded Warrior Project and 5% to the Tunnel to Towers.

Alonso is the second rookie to win the derby, following Aaron Judge in 2017. He’s also the first Mets player to win the derby outright.

The first basemen has been one of the few positives for the struggling Mets in the first half, ranking top five in the National League in 14 offensive categories. He has a .280 average, 68 RBI and a 1.006 OPS.

“I’m living a fantasy right now,” Alonso said. “I’m sure I sound like a broken record, but I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. I’m just so happy to be here.”

Guerrero hit 91 homers on the night, including a record 29 in the opening round, and arguably stole the show. But Guerrero eventually ran out of gas in the last round following an epic semifinal matchup against Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson that featured three tiebreakers. 

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