Suarez named National League Player of the Month after late-season power surge

The Reds’ Eugenio Suarez hugs manager David Bell before a game against the Pirates on Opening Day on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
The Reds’ Eugenio Suarez hugs manager David Bell before a game against the Pirates on Opening Day on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

He finishes season with 49 home runs, second most in Reds history

The Cincinnati Reds finished the season with the fifth-worst record (75-87) in the National League but managed to win NL Player of the Month awards in August and September.

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Outfielder Aristides Aquino won the award in August after hitting 14 home runs in the month, and third baseman Eugenio Suarez was named the NL Player of the Month for September on Monday.

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Suarez hit .337 with 10 home runs in the final month of the season. He set a career high with 49 home runs and had 103 RBIs, one short of his career high. He also led all of baseball with 189 strikeouts.

Suarez set records for most home runs hit in a season by a National League third baseman and most home runs by a native of Venezuela. Only Pete Alonso, of the New York Mets, hit more home runs this season (53). Suarez fell three home runs short of tying George Foster’s franchise record for home runs in a season.