Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr shatters MLB Home Run Derby record

The Mets' Alonso promotion does come with an important caveat of being restricted to the stadium's Baseline Box, Excelsior Box, Bud Light Landing, Promenade Reserved, Promenade Outfield.

Pete Alonso of the New York Mets celebrates winning the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Progressive Field on July 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio.

"Oh my God", Pete Alonso said about Vlad Jr. after his win.

Guerrero's Hall of Fame father, Vladimir Guerrero, won the Home Run Derby in 2007 while a member of the Angels.

Cleveland's Progressive Field welcomed 36,119 fans to witness almost three hours of nonstop slugging in what might be the greatest power display in the event's history.

"I don't think I was breathing", she said.

Alonso is the second rookie to win outright, following Yankees star Aaron Judge in 2017. Alonso also ended a drought for the Mets, who haven't seen a player win the competition since Darryl Strawberry shared the title with Wally Joyner in 1986. 'I'm really happy I didn't have to swing a lot going in the extra rounds, ' he said. For his heroics on Monday, Alonso will basically triple his annual salary, adding the $1 million purse atop his $550,000 deal for the 2019 season.

While the Guerrero-Pederson slugfest stole the show, it was Alonso who walked away the champion. Yes, he had tiebreakers to get there, but Guerrero shares the one-round record with Pederson (twice) and set the record for the most home runs ever in a Derby before the finals even started. "To be right there on the field and hear the balls off the bat and feel the crowd was great". They each hit one during a three-swing tiebreaker, and Guerrero hit two in a second, finally winning when Pederson grounded out on his third swing.

79 homers between Joc Pederson and Vlad Jr. He also is on pace for 54 homers and is the current NL Rookie of the Year front-runner - though Padres wunderkind Fernando Tatis Jr. might have a say on that before it is all decided, perhaps the Braves' Austin Riley and Mike Soroka, too. Pederson's longest homer went 452 while averaging 413 overall.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. surpassed Hamilton's record with one more home run at the last second to give him 29 home runs in the first round of the 2019 Home Run Derby.

Santana fared better than Thome, hitting 13 dingers in the first round.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. added 2 home runs in his second Swing-Off round.

Yelich, who has dealt with back issues during the season's first half, said he felt discomfort during Saturday's game. "Derek had only thrown to him three times".

  • Julie Sanders


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