He even hit the roof.
"It was a blast". Judge and Sanchez will both use 51-year-old Cuban emigre Danilo Valiente, a New York Yankees batting practice pitcher, as their designated thrower at the All-Star event in Miami. "Everything about today was fantastic".
The No. 1 overall seed is +200 and set a Derby record with 61 bombs previous year in San Diego. "But this was an incredible experience".
And then recognized how for a moment Monday, former Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday thought about packing up his boys and driving down to Miami on Monday night to watch a Home Run Derby. 513 feet is impressive no matter where someone does it, and watching someone launch a bomb like this will never not be fun. "I think he'll do the same tonight". Three have won: Robinson Cano (now with Mariners) in 2011, Jason Giambi in 2002 and Tino Martinez in 1997. "He was late on the ball and he was putting the ball in the upper deck".
There's every reason to believe Judge has the goods to win, too. But Moustakas could hit only pop-ups and line drives the rest of the way.
Judge should naturally thrive in a home-run competition.
Many of the All-Stars sat in foul territory, some with their kids.
It will be interesting to see how much attention is paid during the All-Star events to the ongoing sale of the Marlins franchise.
All except Stanton are in their first derby.
Bour over Judge: The second seed vs. seventh seed matchup features quite possibly the most highly touted competitor against one of the most underrated competitors. Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is the top seed and the defending champion.
Following his Derby at-bat, Blackmon was greeted by his teammate and friend DJ LeMahieu, who will be a reserve for the NL in Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Stanton started off slow and later found a groove, but the hometown favorite's comeback came up short. No one in Yankees history has ever hit more homers in a rookie season.
Unlike a year ago, Stanton will also participate in the All-Star Game, also in front of a friendly Miami crowd. Last year, Sanchez tied the Major League Baseball record for fastest rookie to 20 homers, doing so in his 51 career game (Bellinger then broke that tie with No. 21 in his 51).
Batters will have four minutes per round, with the clock starting with the release of the first pitch.
Judge had a tougher road to the second round than likely anticipated.
In the final around, Miguel Sano was able to overcome fatigue enough to hit 10 homers. His 30th home run of the season broke a Yankees rookie record that had stood for 81 years. For me, I got no expectations.