The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly defended his decision not to vote Pete Alonso for NL Rookie of the Year, instead opting for Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Soroka, who finished second ahead of Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.
Alvarez, of the pennant-winning Houston Astros, received all 30 first-place votes, becoming the 11th unanimous victor in the history of the award.
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Alonso is the sixth Mets' victor, joining Tom Seaver (1967), Jon Matlack (1972), Darryl Strawberry (1983), Dwight Gooden (1984) and Jacob deGrom (2014). The right-handed Soroka received the other first-place vote.
Alvarez fit in well with the Astros' powerful lineup by contributing 27 homers and 78 RBIs in 87 games. He struggled at times in the postseason, but that was after voting had concluded. Carlos Correa won the award in 2015 and Jeff Bagwell did so in 1991. He is the 11th unanimous victor in AL history. The All-Star smacked 17 homers and drove in 51 runs.
Points are based on a system that awards five for first place votes, three for second place and one for third place.