LOS ANGELES – Washington Nationals player Juan Soto won the 2022 MLB All-Star Game home run derby by defeating Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners 19-18 in the final among the Dominicans on Monday.
The home run derby took place at Dodger Stadium.
For the first time in its history, the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers received a home run festival with great competition from the ‘Bambinazos’.
Who demonstrated his power in Los Angeles? Kyle Schwarber, Philadelphia Phillies, Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals, Pete Alonso, New York Mets, Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves, Corey Seeger, Texas Rangers, Julio Rodriguez, Mariners, Juan Soto, Nationals and Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Guardian.
Rookie Julio Rodriguez opened the derby with 32 homers and went on to face two-time defending champion Pete Alonso in the second round, who had come from behind to make the first round. Albert Pujols dramatically defeated Kyle Schwarber in a tiebreaker to reach the semi-finals and face Juan Soto, the Dominican who could be the heir to his glory.
Rookie Rodriguez left two-time champion Alonso on the road to enter the final, repeating another round of at least 30 home runs, adding 63, Vladimir Guerrero Jr’s 91 in 2019 and Alonso’s 74 in 2021. After got the third best figure in history. He surpassed Giancarlo Stanton’s 61 to hit in 2016.
The final among Dominicans is guaranteed and will be the second in history since 2010, in which David “Big Papi” Ortiz defeated Hanli Ramírez.