Tampa's Pete Alonso wins MLB's Home Run Derby


After posting 21 home runs in the first round, Pederson was poised to face-off against the Toronto Blue Jays' rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr.in round 2. Jr. appeared unbeatable and many - myself included - counted Pederson out immediately. And he put on a show. Then, the Dodgers' Joc Pederson tied him with 29 homers of his own. Guerrero Jr. who advanced to the second round on a monstrous 29 home run first round performance, matched that bar with another 29 in the second round.

Vladdy began the first round by clubbing 29 home runs versus Matt Chapman of the Oakland A's.

Josh Bell knows a baseball game when he sees one. The contest moved to a three-swing format for each slugger as Guerrero hit a homer with one out of his three cuts. After a valiant 3 overtime effort, Pederson succumbed to the power of Guerrero and fell short by 1 home run, finishing his second round with 39. This led to a swing-off, where each player has three swings.

Ironically, Alonso has fared better against Washington pitchers than Acuña: in 47 at-bats this year, Alonso has five home runs, while Acuña has just one in 23 at-bats.

Alonso, meanwhile, sparked boos when he beat Cleveland's Carlos Santana, 14-13, to start his night, hitting his last with 1 second left on the 4-minute clock.

Speaking of gassed, Vlad Jr was gassed by his time to hit in the finals, but he still managed to hit 22.

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"I feel proud of hitting 91 home runs because I broke the record". "I'm glad I didn't face (Guerrero) in an earlier round". Some players like Alex Bregman were already calling him a superstar.

As each of Guerrero's powerful swings sent a ball sailing into the darkening sky, the sellout crowd at Progressive Field oohed and aahed as if watching a Fourth of July fireworks display.

Alonso, making the major league minimum of $555,000 this season, has hit 30 home runs.

Another thing that caught my eye that is hard to notice in a regular game, is how easy Acuna makes it look.

"I have the utmost respect for the people that put their lives on the line every single day - and I just wanna show my gratitude, because a bad day for me is a lot different than a bad day for the servicemen and women that serve this country", Alonso said.

He won the home run derby.

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