MLB Home Run Derby Champion Returns

Pete Alonso
Ken Blaze – USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 MLB All-Star game in Los Angeles at Dodger stadium takes place on Tuesday, July 19. This means it is almost time for the biggest power hitters in baseball to take part in the Home Run Derby. Representing the New York Mets for the third straight season, Pete Alonso has been announced as the first contestant.

Constantly Crushing

Pete Alonso made his MLB debut in 2019 where he set the rookie home run record with 53 homers. He proved himself as one of the biggest power hitters in all of baseball from the very beginning. This kind of power put him in the 2019 Home Run Derby in Cleveland. In one of the greatest tournaments ever, he beat out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays for the title.

After a shortened 2020 season with no All-Star break things got back to old ways in 2021.

Although he was not having as spectacular of a 2021 season in his second full season, he went back to the derby to try and repeat. This season took the power hitters to Colorado which is notorious for major home run distance.

With the help of some of the most perfect pitching in Home Run Derby history from Mets bench coach Dave Juass, Alonso dominated each opponent. He faced off against Trey Mancini of the Orioles for the title. For the second straight competition, Alonso easily came out on top.

Alonso joined legendary hitters Ken Griffey Jr., Prince Fielder and Yoenis Cespedes as the only players to win the Home Run Derby multiple times. What put Griffey Jr. apart from everyone else is that he is the only one to ever win three times. That is exactly what Alonso is attempting to do in the 2022 Home Run Derby in Los Angeles.

Whether or not Alonso comes out on top again, he will bring all of his power and put on a show for all of the baseball fans who love watching home runs.

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