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MLB Home Run Derby Returns, Pete Alonso Takes The Crown

MLB Home Run Derby Returns, Pete Alonso Takes The Crown
MLB Home Run Derby Returns, Pete Alonso Takes The Crown

Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

Monday night marked the return of the MLB Home Run Derby, an exciting lead-up to the MLB All-Star Game set for Tuesday evening.

After the event was canceled in 2020 due to COVID concerns, baseball fans were thrilled to watch some of the league’s top hitters battle it out.

The matchup pitted reigning Home Run Derby champ Pete Alonso against other star hitters, including Shohei Ohtani, Salvador Perez, Joey Gallo, and Matt Olson.

Alonso came out on top once again to win this year’s Derby, but not without some stiff competition.

What is the Home Run Derby?

The Home Run Derby is a hitting competition hosted by the MLB. The league’s top home run hitters go up to bat to see who can hit the most home runs. Here are some other details about this exciting sports event.

When is the Home Run Derby?

​The Home Run Derby is typically held the day before the MLB All-Star Game on a Monday night in July.

Who qualifies for the Home Run Derby?

Only the most powerful sluggers in the MLB make it to the Derby.

This isn’t a competition for all-around great hitters; it’s specifically for those with the most home runs so far that season.

This year’s competitors (and their homer totals) were:

  1. Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels (31)
  2. Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers (21)
  3. Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics (20)
  4. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals (20)
  5. Pete Alonso, New York Mets (15)
  6. Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles (15)
  7. Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies (11)
  8. Juan Soto, Washington Nationals (10)

Home Run Derby format

Previously, the Derby used an “outs” format to eliminate players.

In 2015, the MLB came up with a new format to make the event even more exciting for fans.

The switch to a time limit format with no “outs” encourages players to swing for as many hits as possible, and the bracket-style event allows top players to go up to bat multiple times.

The current format is as follows:

Highlights from the 2021 Home Run Derby

The 2021 Derby had several stand-out stars. Here are some of the key takeaways from this year’s event:

Memorable moments in Home Run Derby history

The Home Run Derby is up there with the MLB draft, the All-Star Game, and the World Series when it comes to exciting moments and history-making hits. Here are some of the stand-outs from Derbies past:

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