Nobody should be surprised. In what should be renamed “Launch Angle Fest”, New York Yankees star rookie Aaron Judge, currently leading the majors with 30 home runs, took home the trophy in tonight’s Home Run Derby.
There were a few surprises in tonight’s derby, however, mainly defending champion Giancarlo Stanton getting knocked out in the first round by Gary Sánchez. Sánchez managed 17 homers in the first round, and Stanton seemed more determined to put on a show than put up the numbers. He seemed to run out of gas after hitting various 480 and 490+ foot bombs.
Judge’s first round against Marlins first baseman Justin Bour was worth the price of admission alone, with a total of 45 home runs between the two. Bour put up an insane 22 to kick it off, which could only be topped by the 6’7” Judge, who came through with 23 to advance to the semis.
Some controversy could and should come from the fact that Miguel Sanó advanced after hitting 11 home runs in the first round, half of Bour’s total. The bracket system is innovative and maybe reminds people of March Madness, but they should definitely move on to a “Best of Four” move on from the first round. Just saying.
Nothing was out of reach in Marlins Park for Judge. He recorded four homers of 500 feet or more, which literally tested the confines of the park.
We knew we were destined for a good derby with all the home runs during the regular season, and we weren’t disappointed. Prepare for the All-Star Game tomorrow night, it should be a blast.