He became the youngest competitor ever in Derby history at 20 years, 114 days, eclipsing Ken Griffey Jr.at 20 years, 230 days in 1990.
The 2019 Home Run Derby had it all: record-smashing performances, clutch swings as time ran out and an epic showdown in the semifinals that will be regarded the stuff of legends for years to come. It was not enough to advance.
Alonso took home the Derby crown, the $1 million prize, and bragging rights, but the Home Run Derby opened baseball's eyes to the ferocious power of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Santana hoped to join Ryne Sandberg, Todd Frazier and Bryce Harper as the only players to win the contest in their home ballpark. He will hit fourth.
Guerrero, the son of 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Vladimir Guerrero, in the first round bettered Oakland's Matt Chapman, who had 13 homers.
SemifinalsVladimir Guerrero Jr.
With Guerrero going first and Pederson following, both sluggers finished with a round-record 29 home runs in the four-minute time limit, plus the 30-second bonus time for sending two balls more than 440 feet.
"I have the utmost respect for the people that put their lives on the line every single day - and I just wanna show my gratitude, because a bad day for me is a lot different than a bad day for the servicemen and women that serve this country", Alonso said. "It was back-and-forth and back-and forth".
His hands blistered, Guerrero more than equaled his season's salary of $468,468.
Pederson hit 8 more homers in the tiebreaker, initiating a swing off to see who advanced to the final round. Guerrero and Pederson then each homered once when given three swings, forcing another best-of-three round. This led to a swing-off, where each player has three swings. But Alonso was up to the challenge, and shocked Guerrero, who had electrified a crowd of 36,199 fans while also destroying an on-field camera with one of the balls he didn't crush over the wall.
This brought back up Acuna who hit a respectable 19 dingers but Pete Alonso squeaked by with 20 to eliminate Acuna who was visibly gassed by this point.
Ironically, Alonso's parents met in Lancaster, Ohio, about 2 ½ hours from here, and a healthy number of Ohio-based family members sat in the stands and supported him and Morgan, who lives in nearby Copley.