Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Alex Bregman eliminated from Home Run Derby in first round

Alex Bregman eliminated from Home Run Derby in first round

In the end, it was not enough to defeat Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, who hit 23 home runs in the final round after Guerrero opened the last frame with 22 home runs.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. blasted an Major League Baseball record 91 long balls Monday during the home run derby, but it wasn't enough as the Mets' Pete Alonso edged him out in the finals 23-22 to take home the 2019 title.

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"I'm happy I didn't face him in the early rounds because he would've knocked me out", Alonso said.

The 20-year-old Blue Jays rookie eventually bested the Dodgers outfielder, but not before totalling 40 home runs in the semi-final round.

With the clock, each batter has four minutes to hit as many home runs as possible and players get 30-seconds of bonus time if they hit two home runs of 440 feet or longer.

Guerrero defeated Pederson in a semifinal that required three extra swing (ings) and will go down in derby lore.

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"I believe in God and I believe in myself but that's one hell of a player over there", Guerrero said through an interpreter to ESPN in reference to Pederson. "I just want to show my gratitude because a bad day for me is a lot different than a bad day for the servicemen and women that serve this country".

Pederson was spent after the hitting exhibition.

Over those four years a lot has happened to Pederson's perception and performance, so to honor our beloved Pederson's return to the Derby, I made a decision to dive into his career's ups and downs to demonstrate just how much the baby-faced slugger has overcome. "That's why you participate in that", he said to ESPN. "But then we hit a sweet spot, and got in a groove for a little while and just carried on through".

"That was much fun to watch", Alonso said.

Yelich, who is still playing in Tuesday's game, was replaced by Oakland's Matt Chapman, who had the misfortune of being paired against the hard-swinging Guerrero in the first round.

Acuna blasted 19 homers in his second round and Alonso hit 20, setting up an all-rookie final round between the Mets' first-year player and Guerrero Jr.

New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso holds the MLB Home Run Derby trophy after winning the competition Monday at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

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