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Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is the house run king of 2023.
Guerrero defeated division rival Randy Arozarena of the Tampa Bay Rays within the last of Monday’s 2023 Residence Run Derby at T-Cellular Park in Seattle. The victor launched a final-round record 25 lengthy balls, eclipsing his fellow finalist by two in an exciting matchup.
Twitter had loads of reactions for the winner, together with from his well-known father:
Vladimir Guerrero @VladGuerrero27
What a efficiency!
Pleased with you son ♥️#HRDerby
Toronto Blue Jays @BlueJays
Supervisor John Schneider is getting completely shelled proper now pic.twitter.com/w0X6RvQFuY
Jayson Stark @jaysonst
Vlad was so exhausted by the fast turnaround, he took a timeout solely 47 seconds into the ultimate spherical.
Then he bought on a roll, pumping 14 residence runs within the subsequent 1:13, after which 5 extra within the bonus spherical
So he places up 25 – a giant quantity for Arozarena to shoot for in a 2-minute last
Bleacher Report @BleacherReport
VLAD GUERRERO JR. IS YOUR 2023 HOME RUN DERBY CHAMPION 👑 pic.twitter.com/EaqH7IqA79
Identical to his pops. 💙
ESPN Stats & Information @ESPNStatsInfo
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and his Corridor-of-Fame father Vladimir Guerrero are the primary father-son duo to be to be Residence Run Derby champions. pic.twitter.com/kO6vviItZg
Lindsay Ballant @lindsayballant
Both would have been superior however Vlad deserves a Derby win so dangerous after the previous few derbies, hell yeah
Richard Deitsch @richarddeitsch
I’ve watched just about each Blue Jays recreation since shifting to Toronto (give or take a few video games). Vladdy performs with pleasure and keenness. It is at all times fascinating to see what number of guys on the opposite crew joke round with him at first base. Clearly, a popular dude within the recreation.
Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani
Chris Johnston @reporterchris
Massive Vlad Vitality!!@VladGuerrero27
vlad was phenomenal, i am so happy with him it doesn’t matter what, love having this man on my crew a lot
Mike Wilner @Wilnerness
Large job by Vladdy within the HR Derby. He had the largest last spherical ever with 25 homers, attempting to beat Randy Arozarena and in superb form to do it.
Bought an enormous break by not having to go first within the second spherical. #Bluejays
Guerrero emerged from a single-elimination bracket of eight opponents who have been seeded by the variety of residence runs they’d as of July 4. Gamers had three minutes to hit as many residence runs as attainable within the first and second rounds and two minutes to take action within the finals. In addition they had the chance to earn bonus time by hitting lengthy balls over 440 ft.
Here’s a have a look at the total outcomes:
- No. 1 Luis Robert Jr. def. No. 8 Adley Rutschman, 29-28
- No. 7 Julio Rodríguez def. No. 2 Pete Alonso, 41-21
- No. 6 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. def. No. 3 Mookie Betts, 28-11
- No. 5 Randy Arozarena def. No. 4 Adolis García, 24-17
- No. 5 Randy Arozarena def. Luis Robert Jr., 35-22
- No. 6 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. def. No. 7 Julio Rodríguez, 21-20
- No. 6 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. def. No. 5 Randy Arozarena, 25-23
It did not take lengthy for a memorable second.
Rutschman rapidly grew to become a fan favourite by hitting from either side of the plate and sharing an embrace along with his father, who was additionally the pitcher. But Robert gained with relative ease with out even utilizing his full bonus time.
What a second for the Rutschman household 🧡 pic.twitter.com/8bWAjdkbI2
Robby Kalland @RKalland
Adley going swap was cool as hell, however typically you run into a huge man hellbent on destroying baseballs
B/R Stroll-Off @BRWalkoff
How Luis Robert Jr. pulled as much as the first spherical pic.twitter.com/sZVMzaSn65
Whereas Robert and Rutschman have been glorious, the first-round matchup everybody in Seattle was ready for was the one between Alonso and Rodríguez.
And the hometown hero did not disappoint.
All Rodríguez did was set a Residence Run Derby record with 41 lengthy balls in a single spherical, a lot to the delight of the gang that was chanting his title. Alonso by no means had an opportunity, which is saying one thing contemplating he was making an attempt to affix Ken Griffey Jr. as the one three-time champion in Derby historical past.
JULIO RODRIGUEZ PUT ON A SHOW 🤩
41 residence runs within the first spherical 🚀 pic.twitter.com/JrI4Ajag0p
Seattle Mariners @Mariners
B/R Stroll-Off @BRWalkoff
Tate Frazier @tatefrazier
Julio Rodriguez introduced me again to caring concerning the Residence Run Derby
Sarah Langs @SlangsOnSports
Julio is the ONLY PLAYER with a number of 30-homer Derby rounds in a profession…HE NOW HAS 3
The drama continued within the semifinals when Arozarena eradicated the top-seeded Robert, however that was simply the intermission for the gang earlier than Rodríguez stepped to the plate once more.
Guerrero spoiled the Seattle social gathering.
Maybe fatigue was a problem for Rodríguez after his unbelievable opening spherical, however the Blue Jays star arrange an all-American League East showdown within the finals.
Britt Ghiroli @Britt_Ghiroli
The one factor that may save this crowd now could be Ken Griffey, Jr taking some hacks.
After which he went out and gained it.