Tomorrow would have been the Opening Day of the Major Leagues. While we wait for everything to return to normal, here are the incredible performances in the Home Run Derby MLB:
Bobby Abreu, 2005
Abreu did 24 home runs in the first round, which was doubly impressive: it came under the old rules when hitters had 10 outs to hit as many home runs as they could; and came in Comerica Park, which has that big alley in the right center. Abreu’s 24 home runs broke Miguel Tejadas previous record of a round of 15. Abreu’s round lasted 17 minutes and he won the Derby, beating Ivan Rodriguez in the final.
Josh Hamilton, 2008
In the last season of the old Yankee Stadium, Hamilton connected 28 home runs, seven traveled at least 500 feet, including one of 518 feet. To put Hamilton’s performance in even more impressive perspective, none of the other participants reached more than eight in the round. Hamilton lost in the final to Justin Morneau, but his first round still stands as a Home Run Derby masterpiece.
Giancarlo Stanton, 2016
Petco Park isn’t exactly the best stadium to host a Home Run Derby, but Yellowstone Park couldn’t have contained Giancarlo Stanton on this day. Stanton connected 61 home runs on his way to the title, with rounds of 24, 17, and 20. With Statcast metrics now available for 2016, Stanton’s power stood out even more: he hit the contest’s 20 toughest home runs, had the 10 longest home runs. and 18 of the 19 longest, and averaged 446 feet per home run.
Aaron Judge, 2017
The rookie outfielder had arguably become the most popular player in the sport in just half a season, going into the break with 30 home runs on his way to a rookie record of 52. Alonso would break that mark in 2019 – and the pressure – with a impressive display of prodigious power at Marlins Park, including four homers over 500 feet, the only player to reach 500.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 2019
Guerreros father won the 2007 contest, and Vladdy Jr. was a popular, albeit controversial, choice for the 2019 contest. He entered the All-Star break with just eight home runs, so many thought he didn’t deserve the invitation. . He proved to be an exemplary choice, speeding up the crowd in Cleveland with a historic display. In the first round, he managed 29 home runs to break Hamilton’s one-round record.
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