Alonso des Mets joins Angels’ Ohtani in All-Star Home Run Derby


New York Mets' Pete Alonso hits a two-run single in the third inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in New York City.  (AP Photo / Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets’ Pete Alonso hits a two-run single in the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in New York City. (AP Photo / Frank Franklin II)

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New York Mets’ Pete Alonso will defend his Home Run Derby title at Coors Field on July 12.

Alonso made the announcement Wednesday on his Instagram page.

He joins two-way Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels in the derby, held the day before the All-Star Game.

Alonso has 11 home runs this season. He set a rookie record with 53 in 2019, when he won the derby at Progressive Field in Cleveland, beating Torontonian Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 23-22 in the final round.

Ohtani and Guerrero are tied for the top of the major leagues with 23 homers each this season.

The derby and the All-Star Game were canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, which delayed the start of the Major League Baseball season until the end of July.

Only two players have won consecutive derbies: Ken Griffey Jr. of Seattle in 1998 at Coors Field and 1999 at Fenway Park in Boston, and Yoenis Céspedes of Oakland in 2013 at Citi Field in New York and in 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis. .


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