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Home Run Derby 2017: Aaron Judge wins title after dramatic first round

2017-07-11 17:57:48 | Author:Alec Brzezinski | Source:sportingnews
Abstract:Aaron Judge left jaws dropped Monday while capturing the Home Run Derby crown in Miami.

Aaron Judge left jaws dropped Monday while capturing the Home Run Derby crown in Miami.

The Yankees rookie, who leads MLB with 30 home runs this season, looked like he might have a short Derby experience when Marlins first baseman Justin Bour jacked 22 home runs against Judge in the first round.

Judge calmly came up and swatted 23 to upend Bour in front of his home fans.

AARON. JUDGE.
His first-round home run counter (we barely have room for the emojis):
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pic.twitter.com/soqhLpXEWW

— ESPN (@espn) July 11, 2017

Most HR in a HR Derby round
'08 Josh Hamilton 28
'16 Giancarlo Stanton 24
'05 Bobby Abreu 24
'17 Aaron Judge 23
'17 Justin Bour 22

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 11, 2017

Judge smacked an insane four home runs over 500 feet, topping out at 513 feet. Larger than almost everyone in baseball, Judge displayed uncanny raw power while swatting miss-hits high into the stands.

After dispatching Bour in Round 1, in epic fashion, Judge returned to beat fellow sensational rookie Cody Bellinger in Round 2.

Twins slugger Miguel Sano made it to the finals, but Judge made quick work of his finals opponent.

Most wanted to see a finals showdown between Judge and defending champion Giancarlo Stanton, but Stanton lost 17-16 to Gary Sanchez in Round 1.

.@ElGarySanchez uses his #MagentaMoment to fend off the hometown hero and 2016 champ @Giancarlo818 in the @TMobile #HRDerby.pic.twitter.com/mzIfxHpisV

— MLB (@MLB) July 11, 2017

Sanchez, like most in the competition, lost steam in the later rounds, but Judge kept hitting home runs.

While this exhibition home run title is a fine accomplishment, Judge will soon get back to work trying to hang on to his regular season crown and help the Yankees reach the postseason.


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