Giancarlo Stanton's historic performance leads to Home Run Derby victory

Giancarlo Stanton Wins Home Run Derby
Giancarlo Stanton Wins Home Run Derby

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins won the Home Run Derby with a historic display of power that bested defending champion Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox on Monday night in San Diego.

Stanton hit a record 61 homers in three rounds, including a shot estimated at 497 feet. The three-time All-Star is not on the NL roster for Tuesday night's game after batting .233 with 20 homers and 50 RBI.

Despite being known as a park designed for pitchers, Petco Park was all about mammoth home runs at the much-anticipated event. From the start, Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo and Stanton stole the show.

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As those two drew tons of cheers from the packed crowd, Frazier quietly earned himself a spot in the second round of the event, with a stealthy win over Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies.

In the second round, the behemoths from the opening frame squared off. Stanton didn't hit 24 like in the first, but he blasted a solid 17. Trumbo fell just short and Stanton earned his spot in the finals.

In the other semifinal battle, Frazier took on Adam Duvall of the Cincinnati Reds. Duvall smashed 15 home runs in a strong showing, but Frazier hit 16 and guaranteed himself a chance to defend his title in the final.

In the last round, Stanton once again had a huge performance and led off with 20 home runs. Frazier needed 21 to win, but he connected on just 13. With the triumph, Stanton is the first non All-Star since Yoenis Cespedes in 2013 to win the event.


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