You can watch here as Bud Selig presents the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award to retiring shortstop Derek Jeter on Tuesday evening in the Yankee Stadium press room …
This award is not given out annually; rather, it’s presented to individuals or teams at the commissioner’s discretion. Jeter is the 15th recipient. The others: Roberto Clemente, Vin Scully, Ichiro Suzuki, Ken Griffey Jr., Rachel Robinson (the widow of Jackie Robinson), Mariano Rivera, Tony Gwynn, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Roger Clemens, Cal Ripken Jr., Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and the 2001 Mariners.
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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.