Baseball fans enjoy seeing baseballs go out of the ball park. The Home Run Derby took place on Monday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, and it might have been the greatest derby that ever took place.
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso took down Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero in the final round of the home run derby 23-22. Alonso won the home run derby with 18 seconds remaining and he didn’t need the extra 30 seconds. Pete Alonso also won the $1 million prize.
He flipped his bat up in the air in excitement when the final home run occurred.
The reason why players would get an extra 30 seconds in this derby is because if they hit at least two home runs over 440 feet, it will be rewarded to them.
Alonso was the number two seed in this tournament. He also defeated Cleveland Indians first baseman (7) Carlos Santana in the first-round 14-13 and beat Atlanta Braves outfielder (6) Ronald Acuna Jr. 20-19 in the semifinals.
Speaking of the semifinals, the match up between number eight seed Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and number five seed Joc Pederson was bananas. Guerrero Jr. and Pederson were both tied at 29 home runs after the four-minute regulation round. They both went to a 1-minute overtime. Guerrero Jr. hit eight home runs to make it 37-29.
It looked as if Pederson was going to go home, but he was able to tie it at 37 as time expired. The crowd was going crazy and then it went to a three swing off.
Guerrero Jr. was up first and he was only able to hit one home run out of the ballpark. Joc Pederson tied it up at 38 after two swings. He had a chance to win it on the final swing, but Pederson yanked it foul.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was able to knock two-out-of-three out of the ballpark. Joc Pederson made it 40-39 after two swings. He had a chance to tie it at 40 and send it to another swing off, but Pederson hit the ball on the ground and he was then eliminated.
It might have been the greatest match up in home run derby history.
Guerrero Jr. plays third base for the Toronto Blue Jays and Joc Pederson plays in the outfield for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Pederson beat Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman 21-16 in the first-round. Bregman was the number four seed.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. defeated Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman 29-13 in the first-round.
Chapman replaced Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich as the number one seed in the home run derby at the last second because Yelich had to deal with a sore back, but he is expected to play in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night.
Matt Chapman didn’t do terribly for someone who was called upon to participate at the last second. If he saw better pitches to hit, Chapman could have threatened to knock off Guerrero Jr.
Ronald Acuna Jr. upset Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell 25-18 in the first-round.
The 2019 MLB All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday night at Progressive Field with festivities beginning at 7:30 p.m.