The All-Star break gives baseball fans a look at the best players on the diamond. Even casual fans of the sport will tune in to the Home Run Derby for a chance to see the best sluggers crank 400-foot home runs. The eight contestants combined for 311 home runs, the most ever in a single derby. This year also gave us the third rookie to win the contest, Pete Alonso of the New York Mets (the other two being Aaron Judge of the Yankees in 2017 and Wally Joyner of the Angels in 1986).
Between the four first round winners, Alonso had the lowest home run total at 14. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. broke a single-round record with 29 home runs in the opening round. He set the record against the Oakland A’s third baseman Matt Chapman, who was replacing Milwaukee’s Christian Yellich because of injury. Chapman tied with Indian’s Carlos Santana for lowest home runs in the first round with 13.
The second round included a matchup that will be remembered. Guerrero Jr. and the Dodger’s Joc Pederson had a three-tiebreaker slug-off. The round included 40 home runs from Guerrero Jr. and 39 home runs from Pederson. The other second round matchup was a tight race between Alonso and Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. Alonso’s 20 home runs outlasted Acuna’s 19, and the final round was set. A matchup between rookie’s Alonso and Guerrero Jr.
Guerrero Jr. started the final round slow, but eventually found his swing as he hit 22 home runs. In any other round of the night, that would have been enough to beat Alonso. Alonso dialed it up for the final round, hitting 23 home runs to win the 2019 Home Run Derby.
Although Alonso won the derby, Guerrero Jr. stole the show with 91 total home runs. Both players have exciting careers ahead of them. Mets fans have expressed their excitement in Alonso, stating that he is a “likable guy” and comparing him to former Met’s player David Wright.