Alonso jokes he needs 'more push-ups' to match Judge's, Stanton's power


New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso hit a screaming, 454-foot home run to straightaway center field at SunTrust Park in Atlanta on Thursday night.

The sixth home run of his young career landed in the pool after flying off the bat at 118.3 miles per hour, the highest exit velocity of any home run in 2019.

Since Statcast started tracking exit velocity in 2015, only Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have hit harder home runs than Alonso's two-run blast.

When asked about what he thought about trailing those two prodigious power hitters, he had a simple answer.

"I've got to do a couple more push-ups," Alonso said, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Be that as it may, Alonso said he knew the ball was gone the second he made contact.

"Honestly, when you kind of get a ball like that you don't even feel it," he said. "You get this weird sensation. I can't really explain it. You don't feel the ball off your bat. You just hear the sound and it just goes."

Alonso's previous high in exit velocity came on March 30 when he scorched a 113.8-mph double off Washington Nationals reliever Kyle Barraclough. A couple days later, he drilled a 112.8-mph homer off Miami Marlins right-hander Drew Steckenrider.

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