2017 Home Run Derby

It’s the night before the annual All Star game, but before the players take the field to compete with and against each other it’s the Home Run Derby at Marlins Stadium.

What they swing for: The T-Mobile #HRDerby trophy.

By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA – What they swing for: The T-Mobile #HRDerby trophy., CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53428743

Competing this year are Miguel Sano, Mike Moustakas, Charlie Blackmon, Cody Bellinger, Justin Bour, and Aaron Judge.

The players are paired up and will face off one on one for a chance to move on ot the next round.

Each player will have four minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. One time out is allowed per round. In the case of a tie each player will have one minute to add to his home run total. If there is still a tie at the end of the round a swing off will occur with each player getting three swings each.

If a batter hits two home runs of over 440 feet, he will receive 30 seconds of bonus time to add to his home run total.

Christopher Jackson from the Tony Award winning Broadway musical “Hamilton” performed the National Anthem.

The first pairing is Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins and Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals.

Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies was paired with Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Justin Bour of the Miami Marlins was paired up with Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees.

Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees was paired with Home Run Derby defending champion Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins. Stanton is the only participant in the Home Run Derby who has competed in the Derby before.

Getting things started off was Miguel Sano whose first homer was 446 feet. After five of his nine home runs flew over 440 feet, Sano hit two more homers in his bonus time for a total of eleven home runs.

Mike Moustakas hit a total of 10 home runs but failed to earn any bonus time.

Miguel Sano won the round.

Gary Sanchez hit 15 home runs with eight of them flying past the 440 foot mark, including one 483 feet. In his bonus time, Sanchez hit two more homers for a total of 17 home runs.

The 2016 Derby champ Giangarlo Stanton hit a total of 15 home runs including one 496 feet. Ten of Stanton’s homers went past the 440 foot mark; including homers of 492, 489, and 487 feet. Stanton hit only one home run of 488 feet in his bonus time for a total of 16 home runs.

Gary Sanchez won the round.

Charlie Blackmon hit a total of 14 home runs but failed to reach the 440 foot mark and earned no bonus time.

Cody Bellinger hit a total of 13 home runs in his round but also earned some bonus time where he hit two more homers for a grand total of 15.

Cody Bellinger won the round.

In what turned out to be a slugfest, Justin Bour launched 19 home runs in his round with three of them flying past the 440 foot mark. In his bonus time Bour hit another three homers, including one for 464 feet, for a total of 22 home runs.

Aaron Judge hit a total of 22 homers, including one for 501 feet, in his round to tie Justin Bour. In his bonus round Judge hit another homer for a total of 23. Judge hit the roof more than once but those did not count toward his home run total.

Aaron Judge won the round.

In the semi final round it was Gary Sanchez and Miguel Sano facing off against each other and Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge facing off against one another.

Gary Sanchez hit a total of nine home runs in his round including four that went past the 440 foot mark. In his bonus round Sanchez hit a homer for 447 feet for a total of 10 home runs.

Miguel Sano hit eleven home runs in his round with 43 seconds left in his round. While he had five homers over the 440 foot mark, he did not need the bonus time.

Miguel Sano won the round.

Cody Bellinger hit 12 home runs in his round but failed to hit any past 474 feet and did not earn any bonus time.

Aaron Judge went on another tear and hit 13 home runs with 57 seconds remaining in the round. Judge had three of his homers fly over 500 feet with one flying 513 feet with an exit velocity of 119 miles per hour and reaching a height of 143 feet.

Aaron Judge won the round.

Miguel Sano and Aaron Judge face off for the title of 2017 Home Run Derby champion.

Up first was Miguel Sano who hit 10 home runs but only one of them flew past 440 feet and he failed to earn any bonus time.

Hitting home runs in the same way he did in the first two rounds, Aaron Judge launched eleven home runs with two minutes remaining in his round to be crowned the 2017 Home Run Derby champion.


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