Mets rookie Pete Alonso triumphs over Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in Home Run Derby

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Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. broke a Home Run Derby record, then he broke it again. Yet it was not enough. Guerrero set a record with 91 total home runs, but Mets first baseman Pete Alonso edged Guerrero out 23-22 in the final round to win the contest.  Alonso, 24, is the prohibitive favorite to win National League Rookie of the Year. Vlad Jr. is also a rookie, and Hall of Fame slugger Vladimir Guerrero’s son. As such, he has been around the game for a long time, showcasing his prodigious talent at an early age.  Alonso started off relatively slow, edging out hometown All-Star Carlos Santana 14-13. Once again, he narrowly defeated Braves prodigy Ronald Acuna Jr. in the semifinals. He finished with 57 long balls, beating Guerrero in the final round with plenty of time to spare on the clock. Guerrero and Joc Pederson’s second round battle was one for the ages, as both sluggers went blow for blow tying each other twice in timed rounds, then going through two more rounds of the sudden death-like “swing-offs” — where each player had three swings — before finally advancing to the final round. Guerrero smashed 40 home runs in the semifinals.  Besides hitting the most home runs of the eight contestants, Vlad also hit the hardest and furthest bombs all night, at 117 mph and 488 ft, respectively.  Alonso was the second rookie to win the Home Run Derby — the Yankees’ Aaron Judge won in 2017, during his rookie season. Alonso walks away with a $1 million dollar prize.

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