With the introduction of sluggers like Judge, Stanton and the likes, the future of the Home Run Derby is bright. They want their guys to win. Judge accomplished that feat by hitting the second-most homers ever in a derby, launching 47 compared to Stanton's record of 61 a year ago in San Diego.
The No. 2 seed, Judge would get his five minutes plus 30 seconds of bonus time to swing for the fences, but 22 was a big number to overcome. This is not the "B" squad.
Rookie Yankees phenom Aaron Judge triumphed in a wild contest that saw multiple bouts decided by single dingers. The eight competitors are seeded No.1 through No.8, and there are four head-to-head matchups based on the bracket. If you're betting the event, keep that in mind as it changes the dynamics. And starting with the Home Run Derby on Monday night, a lot of attention could be paid to the enormous ballpark, more specifically the, uh, eccentric structure in left-center field.
In the NY market, the telecast generated a 10.8 rating, making it the highest-rated Home Run Derby in the market as far as records go back (1998). There is no doubt he will be motivated to defend his crown with a chance to go head-to-head with Judge in Miami. In both categories, give the hometown favorite the edge.
Other highlights included a shot that hit the roof at the stadium and a 513-foot blast in the second round.
While the concept was flipped around during these All-Star festivities, and Judge helped his cause with a thunderous homer display Monday night on national television, it was commissioner Rob Manfred who added some gravitas to the discussion in Tuesday's meeting with the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Ask someone what gravitates them to Aaron Judge and you will find many different answers.
And it seemed like everyone was in awe of Judge hitting bomb after bomb. The rookie hit another two home runs during his bonus time, including the go-ahead shot with just:05 remaining. He is definitely a capable contender.
For baseball fans, there are few instances in professional sports more exciting than a home run. Sano has hit.276 with 21 home runs and 62 RBI so far this season.
After Tampa Bay's Logan Morrison said Sanchez doesn't belong in the derby, he dethroned Stanton in the first round.
Unbelievably, he managed to get past Miami's own Justin Bour in the first round, needing 23 home runs to win.