Met Wins Home Run Derby

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By Mikayla Richardson

This year at Progressive Field in Cleveland, there were eight contestants for the Home Run Derby.

Matt Chapman from the Oakland Athletics, Alex Bregman from the Houston Astros, Pete Alonso from the New York Mets, Josh Bell from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ronald Acuna Jr. from the Atlanta Braves, Carlos Santana from the Cleveland Indians, Joc Pederson from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. from the Toronto Blue Jays. 

The winner took home a $1 million prize, the largest Derby prize ever. Each contestant got four minutes to hit as many balls over the fence as they can and if they hit two balls farther than 440 feet they get an extra 30 seconds. 

In the first round, Guerrero Jr. hit 29 home runs while, Chapman hit 13 home runs. Bregman had 16 home runs while, Pederson had 21 home runs. Alonso hit 14 home runs while, Santana hit 13 home runs. Bell had 18 home runs while, Acuna Jr. had 25 home runs. 

In the second round Guerrero Jr. hit 40 home runs and Pederdon had 39 home runs in a match that went to two overtimes to find a winner. Alonso hit 20 home runs while, Acuna Jr. had 19 home runs.

In the finals, Alonso beat Guerrero Jr. by one home run. The game was very close but Alonso took home the prize of $1 million. Guerrero was the youngest contestant in the Home Run Derby and made it to the finals. Both players are in their first seasons in MLB and are playing well. 

This season Alonso has 30 home runs. He set a Mets record by rookie in that stat. His bating average sits at .280. This season so far he has scored 57 runs and he has 68 RBI. As he continues this season we will begin to see more improvement and better things from him.

Alonso plays first base for the Mets and was the only player in team history to win the Home Run Derby by himself. He graduated from University of Florida. He is 24 years old and is from Tampa, Florida and is 6’3". The prize was almost twice as much as he will learn all season.

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