Judge wins Home Run Derby after dramatic first round

Posted July 12, 2017

Judge again bested his opponent, winning the final round by a score of 11-10 and finishing the derby with 47 home runs.

Continuing with the odds, Dodgers' rookie sensation Cody Bellinger is 13/2 to win the Home Run Derby, followed by Twins' third baseman Miguel Sano at 7/1. His longest drive of the night went 513 feet, and he topped 500 four times. He drove balls over the Red Grooms home run sculpture in left-center, over the batter's eye in center and - unusually for a Home Run Derby, to the opposite field, too. Fans at Marlins Park were hanging on every swing. Even commissioner Rob Manfred. Normally, going first would be a disadvantage, but the pressure Bellinger can place on the hometown favorite may just be enough to propel him to the title. "He is a tremendous talent on the field and really appealing off the field".

The derby will hopefully be a nice distraction from the negative press surrounding the team as owner Jeffrey Loria continues with negotiations to sell the franchise.

"He's got what, 30 home runs now?" Meanwhile, he still had a baseball game to play.

"We have more coming, that's the insane thing about it", Judge said. "So like I've said before, it's an exciting time to be a Yankee".

Of course, he hit it out.

Stanton belted a record 61 homers in the Derby past year.

Manfred, however, discounted the theory. Whoever finishes with the most homers after that advances.

"Will we ever know the whole answer?"

Bellinger over Bour: Bour's magic in the first round will give the fans something to get excited about, but an all Miami final in the derby is unrealistic, at least when Bellinger is still in it.

One exchange, in particular, caught my ear. "I try to take one day at a time". So, I talked to [Dellin] Betances, Starlin [Castro], and [Luis] Severino, and I told them, 'When you start seeing me get out of control, wave your arms and tell me to call timeout.' Because when you're in the box, you're locked in and you forget about that timeout.

"We see this nearly every day", the Yankees' Starlin Castro said.

The Home Run Derby will begin at 8 p.m. EDT on Monday and will air on ESPN.

Believe it or not, it's already time for the Midsummer Classic and its surrounding festivities.

Competitors in the derby will face a similar set of rules to the past two seasons. In other words, there would be a mixture of National League and American League players on each all-star squad. We had guy that it seems like he was hitting from both sides of the plate. "So I could be facing (teammate) Max Scherzer - I mean, nobody sees that".