Stanton launches record 61 homers in MLB Home Run Derby victory
SAN DIEGO -- Giancarlo Stanton didn't just win the Home Run Derby on Monday night -- he pounded it into submission.The Miami Marlins right fielder routed defending champion Todd Frazier 20-13 in the championship round at Petco Park to finish with...
SAN DIEGO - Giancarlo Stanton didn’t just win the Home Run Derby on Monday night - he pounded it into submission.
The Miami Marlins right fielder routed defending champion Todd Frazier 20-13 in the championship round at Petco Park to finish with an event-record 61 homers over three rounds in the featured preliminary to tonights 87th MLB All-Star Game.
“See this bad boy? That’s why I came here and I’m taking it with me,” Stanton said on the telecast while hoisting his Home Run Derby trophy.
Thirty-nine of Stanton’s shots topped 440 feet. His longest launch of the night was 497 feet in the first round, which is 39 feet longer than the longest homer hit during the first 12 1/2 seasons of baseball at the downtown home of the San Diego Padres.
Stanton, who is not a member of the National League All-Star team, defeated Baltimore Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo, 17-13, in one semifinal after routing former champion Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners, 24-7, in the first round.
Frazier, now with the Chicago White Sox after winning the Home Run Derby last year as a member of the All-Star Game host Cincinnati Reds, had no homers in the final round of 440 feet or more, meaning he didn’t qualify for the 30-second bonus round at the end of his 4-minute round.
Stanton had 14 blasts of more than 440 feet in the first round. He had 14 more in the second round with a long of 486 feet. And he had 11 in the championship round. Pitching to Stanton was Marlins coach and replay coordinator Patrick Shine.
Frazier defeated Adam Duvall of the Cincinnati Reds, 16-15, on the final swing of their semifinal matchup. Frazier had two home runs of more than 440 feet in the semifinals with a long of 448 feet. None of the 15 home runs by Cincinnati’s Duvall topped 435 feet in the semifinals.
Stanton put on a serious display of power in the first round to rout Cano. The longest drive by Cano was recorded at 452 feet.
Last year, in the first season of the timed format, no hitter topped 15 homers in the first round. This season both Stanton and Trumbo did. Trumbo defeated Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, 16-15, although Trumbo did not need the 30-second bonus round.
Ten of Trumbo’s shots traveled more than 440 feet with a long of 479. Seager’s longest homer traveled 455 feet.
Duvall eliminated Wil Myers of the All-Star Game host San Diego Padres, 11-10, with 84 seconds remaining on the four-minute clock. Pitching to Myers was his 19-year-old brother Beau, who hit the Padres first baseman on the left shoulder with one of his throws.