MLB Home Run Derby features $1M prize, largest bonus pool ever

MLB Home Run Derby features $1M prize, largest bonus pool ever

Alonso became the first Met to win this event outright - Darryl Strawberry tied the Angels' Wally Joyner in 1986 - and the second rookie, following the path blazed by the Yankees' Aaron Judge in 2017. The home run counter on the main scoreboard was off with its original total, leading Pederson to believe he had defeated Guerrero with his final swing, but when the numbers were corrected, everybody in the park realized the round would be heading to extra time.

In the semifinals, Alonso nipped Ronald Acuna Jr., 20-19, which followed Alonso's 14-13 win over Carlos Santana of the host Cleveland Indians, 14-13.

(It should be mentioned that both players in the final round, not just Alonso, had customized cleats).

Interestingly enough, Guerrero's 91 total home runs through three rounds of the Derby bested the 57 hit by Alonso, but due to the format of the final round, it didn't take into account home run totals from previous rounds. "I just want to keep showing my gratitude by working hard, and busting it innings one through nine, and giving my all every single day here".

From his winnings, which almost double his 2019 Mets salary of $555,000, Alonso has pledged to donate 5 percent each to the Wounded Warrior Project and Tunnel to Towers foundation.

When the 2019 Home Run Derby line-up was announced, there were mixed reactions from baseball fans seeing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. included on the list. It may seem obvious to many Dodger fans that he should be in based on his powerful stroke this season, but just think back to just last season at the All-Star break, or two seasons ago, or three and you'll realize just how improbable his return to the Derby really is. Then, the Dodgers' Joc Pederson tied him with 29 homers of his own.

The sluggers set to participate in the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night will compete for the richest prize in the annual showcase event's history. A good chunk of his homers were over 430 feet, and he even hit the scoreboard a few times.

Pete Alonso, of the New York Mets, celebrates winning the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Cleveland. Pederson eliminated Alex Bregman, 21-16, and moved on to the semifinals.

"It means so much", Alonso said on ESPN.

Pederson hit 8 more homers in the tiebreaker, initiating a swing off to see who advanced to the final round.

Guerrero did have the honor of hitting the longest homer of the night, 488 feet, in the second round.

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