Everyone digs the longball.
Major League Baseball’s 2022 Home Run Derby is Monday night in Los Angeles on the eve of the 92nd All-Star Game. This year’s derby features some of the top sluggers in baseball, including two-time defending champion Pete Alonso, who would be the first player in history to win three contests in a row.
The Phillies’ Kyle Schwarber, who leads the National League with 29 home runs at the break, is the No. 1 overall seed and faces 42-year-old Albert Pujols in the first round. Pujols, playing his last season, has participated in the derby four times in his career – 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2015.
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Keep it here throughout the night for live coverage of the Home Run Derby:
No. 1 Kyle Schwarber (Phillies) vs. No. 8 Albert Pujols (Cardinals)
- Pujols – 13 HR – longest 434 feet: In his final Home Run Derby, the 42-year-old was showered with love from the fans and fellow players, who all came to embrace him before bonus time.
No. 4. Juan Soto (Nationals) defeats No. 5 Jose Ramirez (Guardians)
- Ramirez – 17 HR – longest 421 feet: Batting right-handed, Cleveland’s star consistently drilled balls into the left field bleachers but that’s probably not going to be enough to hold off Soto.
- Soto – 18 HR – longest 482 feet: Made it look easy and didn’t even need his full minute of bonus time, walking it off with a second left in regulation.
No. 2 Pete Alonso (Mets) defeats No. 7 Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves)
- Acuna – 19 HR – longest 472 feet: Couldn’t find his footing early and only hit one homer over 440 feet to earn 30 seconds of bonus time. Was clearly running out of gas at the end, but a great effort from a guy who tore his ACL days before last year’s All-Star Game.
- Alonso – 20 HR – longest 480 feet : It didn’t look great for Alonso with about a minute left, but as he does, got hot when it mattered and walked it off about halfway into his minute of bonus time.
No. 6 Julio Rodriguez (Mariners) defeats No. 3. Corey Seager (Rangers)
- Rodriguez – 32 HR – longest 463 feet: The 21-year-old rookie was locked in and hit 14 home runs before taking a break about halfway through the three-minute round. He got a pep talk from Mookie Betts before bonus time and added seven more in the extra minute.
- Seager – 24 HR – longest 451 feet: With his dad on the mound, the former Dodger peppered the right field stands with homers and got hot late in the round, but didn’t have enough to catch Rodriguez. The fans loved it though
No. 2 Pete Alonso (Mets) vs. No. 6 Julio Rodriguez (Mariners)
No. 4 Juan Soto (Nationals) vs. Kyle Schwarber/Albert Pujols winner
The “Polar Bear” is carrying some special lumber.
Last year, the two-time defending champion had then-Mets bench coach Dave Jauss as his pitcher for the Home Run Derby. Despite Jauss now working as an advisor in the Nationals organization, he’s going to throw to Alonso on Monday in Los Angeles.