Mets' Pete Alonso bests Mancini, Ohtani for 2nd straight HR Derby title

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DENVER, Colorado -- Pete Alonso danced to his 2nd consecutive Home Run Derby title, besting Shohei Ohtani, Trey Mancini and Juan Soto connected a nighttime of grounds agelong balls successful the bladed Rocky Mountain aerial of Coors Field.

The New York Mets archetypal baseman deed 74 full location runs and bushed Mancini 23-22 successful the last circular Monday, joining Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) and Yoenis Céspedes (2013-14) successful winning consecutive titles.

Batting second, Alonso trailed 22-17 aft the archetypal 2 minutes of the last round, past deed six homers connected six swings implicit the archetypal 28 seconds of his last minute.

Mancini, who returned this play from crab treatment, was the sentimental favorite, portion Alonso was the astir animated of the 8 sluggers arsenic the longball contention returned aft a one-year lack caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

With customized bats successful the Mets' royal bluish and orange, and matching shoes and batting gloves, Alonso was a quality bobblehead, nodding connected bushed successful the batter's container arsenic helium stepped retired and danced. He motioned with his arms to whip up fans during a timeout.

New York's 26-year-old archetypal baseman has a accidental to lucifer Griffey, who besides triumph successful 1994, arsenic the lone three-time winner.

Alonso deed a first-round grounds 35 dingers, 7 much than Josh Hamilton successful 2008 astatine the archetypal Yankee Stadium, and topped Kansas City's Salvador Pérez with 27. Alonso, batting second, bushed Soto 16-15 successful the 2nd round. Alonso's longest thrust of the nighttime traveled 514 feet.

Mancini missed the 2020 play portion undergoing chemotherapy for signifier 3 colon cancer, attraction helium finished past Sept. 21 astatine Johns Hopkins Hospital. The 29-year-old Baltimore Orioles archetypal baseman deed .256 with 16 homers and 55 RBIs going into the All-Star break. His oncologist, Dr. Nilo Azad, threw retired the ceremonial archetypal transportation astatine Camden Yards earlier the Orioles' hosted the Chicago White Sox past Friday night.

Soto thrilled the assemblage of 49,048 with a 520-foot homer, the longest derby thrust successful the Statcast era, topping 513 feet the New York Yankees' Aaron Judge successful 2017 astatine Miami. Before Statcast, the Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa was said to person deed 1 524 feet astatine Milwaukee successful 2002, clearing Bernie Brewer's slide.

Ohtani, the Los Angeles Angels sensation acceptable to commencement connected the mound and deed leadoff arsenic designated hitter for the American League successful the All-Star Game, started dilatory but forced 2 rounds of tiebreakers with Soto earlier losing 31-28 successful the 2nd round.

They were tied 22-all aft regularisation and 28 apiece pursuing the archetypal tiebreaker. Soto homered connected each 3 swings of the adjacent tiebreak, and Ohtani grounded retired connected his archetypal swing.

Mancini won the archetypal circular 24-23 implicit Oakland's Matt Olson, who deed a heavy foul connected his last swing.

"He's a bully dude," Olson said. "To beryllium capable to conflict the mode helium battled and travel backmost and execute the mode helium has this twelvemonth says a batch astir him, his grit and his toughness."

Story defeated Texas' Joey Gallo 20-19 erstwhile Gallo popped retired connected his past swing.

"It is tiring, for sure, but it was a batch of amusive for the archetypal time," Gallo said.

Mancini knocked retired Story 13-12 successful the 2nd round, hitting 2nd and advancing with a thrust to center.

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