One of the most entertaining parts of the MLB season took place on Monday with the Home Run Derby, and it didn’t disappoint with Vlad Guerrero, Jr. putting on one heck of a show. In the first round, he hit 29 home runs, a record. He would tie it in the semis, but so, too, would Joc Pederson, forcing a couple of tiebreakers that finally saw Guerrero move onto the finals.
He would then face off with Pete Alonso in an all-rookie battle in that, representing a clash of styles between the loose and the very serious. It was the ultra serious Alonso that ended up winning out, capitalizing on Guerrero finally getting tired to hoist the trophy, by a score of 23-22 in the finals. With the victory, Alonso won $1 million- nearly double his annual rookie salary. He became the first New York Mets player since Darryl Strawberry in 1986 to take home at least a piece of the title.