New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso bumble a record-breaking functioning by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to gain the 2019 Home Run Derby on Monday nighttime.
Alonso earned the million dollar prize for winning the pre-All Star Game contest by hitting 23 home runs in the final round, one more than Guerrero.
Alonso Conserved Energy in Early Rounds
But Alonso’s win wasn’t quite as close as those numbers make it seem. After watching Guerrero’s effort, Alonso hit his winning 23rd dinger with a few seconds left in his four-minute round, but also had a 30-second bonus period available since he had hit at least two balls over 440 feet in the final.
In fact, Alonso – who has picked up the byname “Polar Bear” – never have to apply his surplus meter, starting 2nd in each of his three turns. He collide with 14 hors in the beginning turn to vote down Carlos Santana of the Indians, eviscerating bird from the hometown gang. Then, he contact 20 home base political campaigns late in his semifinal visual aspect to pass Ronald Acuna Jr. and cash advance to the last.
“I ’ m just felicitous that I coiffure not postulate the surplus meter, because that is surplus gives,” Alonso secern nehmen after the competition.”That could have got possibly carried over into the following turn. So I ’ m felicitous that I represent capable to economise as much vigour throughout the case, and that represent Brobdingnagian.”
Alonso add up into the case as the No. 2 seeded player after collide withing a Mets cub book 30 home base political campaigns in the beginning one-half of the time of year, and represent the higher seeded player in each of his match-ups, set asiding him the chance to start 2nd and realise what his adversaries coiffure before he step up to the home base. He have entered the competition as a 9/2 alternative to gain the Home Run Derby, harmonizing to Boyd Gaming.
Guerrero, Pederson Put on Semifinal Show
The Mets batter bumble what have been an telling, unprecedented show from Guerrero, who represent searching to connect his Father-God as a Home Run Derby succeeder.
Guerrero broke the record for the most homers in a single round right out of the gate, as he defeated Matt Chapman 29-13 in his opening contest. That set up an epic semifinal between Guerrero and Pederson, in which both men hit 29 in their rounds to set up a one-minute tiebreaker session.
Incredibly, both men hit eight more home runs in that added minute, which took the contest to a “swing-off.” With each competitor getting three swings, both managed exactly one home run on their first attempt. In the second swing-off, Guerrero homered twice, while Pederson only connected once, finally putting the Blue Jays rookie through to the final.
“That was elite hitting,” Alonso said of the incredible performance. “I think that was even better than the Josh Hamilton round because both of them going back and forth, and clawing back the way that Joc did, he had his work cut out of him.”
For Alonso, the $1 million prize is a major bonus, as he will only make the league minimum of $555,000 in his rookie season. But while the money might be valuable to him, the NL Rookie of the Year candidate will still be making donations of $50,000 each to the Wounded Warrior Project and Tunnel to Towers charities.
“That’s what I want to do,” Alonso told SNY back in May. “I feel really lucky and I feel like all of us are, because without brave men and women who have served this country, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do…I just want to recognize all the good things those men and women do for this country.”