The 2021 Home Run Derby took place in Colorado Rockies. Coors Field is where baseballs travel the furthest due to the elevation. According to ESPN, +1000 feet in elevation makes the baseballs travel an extra 5.9 feet, and weather and wind are other factors.
Pete Alonso looked to repeat as the champ as he won back in 2019. Meanwhile, the MLB home run leader Shohei Ohtani looked to capture legendary status as he will be on the mound and bat leadoff for the American League team in the All-Star Game. It’s ALSO great to see Trey Mancini in the derby as he continues to be an inspiration both on and off the field battling cancer and playing at an elite level.
- (1) Shohei Ohtani (LAA) vs. (8) Juan Soto (WSH)
- (4) Salvador Perez (KCR) vs. (5) Pete Alonso (MYM)
- (2) Joey Gallo (TEX) vs. (7) Trevor Story (COL)
- (3) Matt Olson (OAK) vs. (6) Trey Mancini (BAL)
Trey Mancini was off to a great start against Matt Olson in the first round as he was able to edge out Olson 24-23. Both Joey Gallo and Trevor Story may represent their respected teams one last time in the biggest stage as the trade deadline approaches.
Joey Gallo started slow but picked up the pace with the extra time that was awarded Many believed that Gallo tied Trevor Story with the 20th home run; however with time expiring, Gallo was not given the extra second. Story hit a bomb with a 518-foot moonshot in the middle of the round, setting a record for home-run-derby distance in the Statcast era at the time.
Salvador Perez set the bar high with 28 home runs, but the Polar Bear, Pete Alonso continued his dominance in this event as he hit 35 dingers. Finally, Shohei Ohtani faced off against Juan Soto in a thriller to end the round.
The two batters had a heated battle as their match went to double overtime. In double overtime, there was no time on the clock, but each batter was given three attempts to hit a home run. Both batters were allowed to take as many pitches as needed.
Soto set the bar high with all three balls leaving the park. Ohtani swung as his first attempt which ended up being a groundball. With that, Soto advanced to the next round. Soto hit a ball that ended up being 520 feet.
The hometown favorite, Trevor Story, aced off against Trey Mancini. Story had trouble getting things going early so Mancini was easily able to top his 12 home run performance.
Fatigue seemed to settle in for Juan Soto. He put up 15 home runs but it was not good enough as Pete Alonso was able to move on with 16 home runs. The final matchup was set as Trey Mancini looked to end Pete Alonso’s hopes of winning back to back.
Trey Mancini gave Pete Alonso a run for his money as he put up 22 home runs in the final round. However, Pete Alonso had a well thought out gameplan as he had a calm, cool, and collected approach.
Alonso ended the night by walking off in fashion. The Polar Bear was in his domain and lifted the Home Run Derby trophy once again.
Alonso joins elite company as he is one of three players to win back-to-back titles for this event. The other names include Yoenis Cespedes (2013-2014) and Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-1999).
Can Pete Alonso three-peat or will someone dethrone the king? Some players that could challenge him could possibly be Fernando Tatis Jr., Aaron Judge, and Vlad Guerrero Jr.