Highlights of the 2023 MLB Home Run Derby: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. comes out on top for first championship
One of the MLB’s most exciting nights did not disappoint.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. held off a late Randy Arozarena rally to win the 2023 Homer Derby at T-Portable Park in Seattle just before the Elite player Game (8 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports application).
However, the entertainment went far beyond the outcome. Adley Rutschman, a switch-hitting catcher for Baltimore, crushed balls from both sides of the plate, and Julio Rodriguez, a hometown hero, beat Pete Alonso, who had won the derby twice before, with a record-setting 41 home runs in the first round.
Here are the top minutes from Monday’s Derby.
The son of Vladimir Guerrero Sr., who won the MLB Home Run Derby in 2004 and 2007, approves of Vladdy’s final round. is the first person to win the competition. In addition, this marks the first time in MLB history that the son of a Home Run Derby winner has won one for himself. Here’s how Vlad Sr. and social media work: reacted.
James Rodríguez ran out of fuel after an unprecedented 41 homers in cycle one, tumbling to the man whose single-round record he beat — Guerrero.
Randy continues to rake!
Randy Arozarena developed his 24-homer first-round execution with a noteworthy 35 grand slams to begin the elimination rounds. That was sufficient to take out top-cultivated Robert, who had just 22 balls go out notwithstanding an entire moment of reward time.
HOME. FIELD. JULIO.
With a historic 41-homer outing, Rodriguez set a new single-round record in front of a massively pro-Mariners crowd at T-Mobile Park. The double cross derby champion Alonso basically couldn’t keep up.
Guerrero started off slowly in a battle between the biggest guy and the smallest guy, but he rallied and hit 26 home runs, in part because Juan Soto and Bo Bichette gave him a boost.
That was more than enough to beat Betts, who had only hit 11 in the first round, for the first time.
Gracious my, Robert!
Robert stepped up to the plate after the eighth-seeded Rutschman gave an electrifying first round, and he demonstrated to everyone why he is the top seed in this derby.
Dad and Adley… with a twist!
With his father pitching to him, the Orioles catcher, who is no stranger to hitting home runs in this ballpark, put together an impressive 21-home run performance.
However, Rutschman added a new twist by moving the switch-hitter to the right side of the plate for his 30 seconds of bonus time. He hit all six of the balls he saw, scoring 27 runs.
Randy gets us started!
The slugger for the Tampa Bay Rays kicked off the competition with an impressive first round of 23 home runs, earning and using 30 seconds of extra time with five home runs in the bonus period.
Arozarena progressed to the following round when Officers outfielder Adolis Garcia, his dear companion and previous Cardinals partner, just gathered 17 homers