Todd Frazier falls one step short of a repeat victory in the MLB Home Run Derby
SAN DIEGO – Tomorrow he’ll be a spectator just like hundreds of professional baseball players and millions of fans to watch the Midsummer Classic at Petco Park.
On Monday, however, he was the one everyone was watching in an event to which he’s become a crafty veteran.
White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier navigated through the new Home Run Derby format as a member of the Reds in his home park in 2015. He made his way through the new bracket-style tournament with a four-minute time period and brought home the title in front of an appreciative Great American Ballpark crowd.
A year later all eyes were back on Frazier as he put on the brown and yellow National League jersey to take on another seven competitors in the derby at the All-Star Game. With a calm yet strong approach to the timed derby that also awarded distance traveled, Frazier once again had a successful derby on Monday night.
But it wasn’t enough to beat the star of the evening.
The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton put on an impressive show of power as he hit 61 homers in three rounds, many of which traveled over 400 feet. The final 20 were enough to beat out Frazier in the final by seven homers to win the Home Run Derby
In the quarterfinals of the event Frazier used a late run to knock off the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez, hitting 13 home runs to best the outfielder and move onto the semifinals. With a similar patient approach Frazier defeated the Reds’ Adam Duvall, this time hitting the clinching 16th homer down the left field line with 38 seconds left to move onto the final to face Stanton.
After hitting 24 and 17 homers, respectively, in the previous two rounds Stanton didn’t disappoint in the final. He blasted out 20 more homers into the seat of Petco Park to put the pressure on Frazier, who hit just three homers in the first minute of swings in the finals.
He turned it up a little bit and was able to get to ten homer with just under two minutes to go but tired at the end to fall just a bit short of the repeat.