Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman will replace former No. 1 seed and reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich and face eighth-seeded Blue Jays phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr.in the first round. Pete Alonso of the New York Mets eliminated the hometown fan favorite 14-13. Aaron Judge won the contest in 2017, while Giancarlo Stanton and Todd Frazier came out on top in 2016 and 2015, respectively.
(It should be mentioned that both players in the final round, not just Alonso, had customized cleats).
Guerrero also hit the longest home run of the night at 488 feet.
Fans took to Twitter throughout the night to share their thoughts about the youngest player ever to compete in the Home Run Derby, starting with immediate reaction to his record-breaking first-round. He'll also give 10% of his prize money to charity, 5% each to the Wounded Warrior Project and to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
The Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. did his best Ken Griffey Jr. impression by blowing bubbles in his gum while using all fields to open with 24 homers.
Guerrero bested Josh Hamilton's 2008 first-round total at Yankee Stadium by a nose, defeating Oakland's Matt Chapman - a late replacement for Major League Baseball home-run leader Christian Yelich - 29-13.
This marks a sixth consecutive year the Los Angeles Dodgers have a participant in the Home Run Derby.
Alonso somehow had enough to edge Guerrero, who hit 91 homers but ran out of gas in the final following an epic semi-final against Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.
"I'm really happy that I didn't have to swing a lot going into the extra rounds", Alonso said.
Alonso, unique in the competition in sending most of his hits toward center field, then followed with 23 to spare to end it with plenty of time.
It's important to note that the format for the derby was different for Guerrero Jr. than it was for Hamilton in 2008.
With the clock, each batter has four minutes to hit as many home runs as possible and players get 30-seconds of bonus time if they hit two home runs of 440 feet or longer. In a second-round that featured a playoff and two swing-offs, he hit 40 homers and advanced to the finals. After a valiant 3 overtime effort, Pederson succumbed to the power of Guerrero and fell short by 1 home run, finishing his second round with 39.