Beating defending champion Todd Frazier, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins peppered Petco Park in San Diego with 61 homers yesterday to win the All-Star Home Run Derby trophy. In the last round of the Derby, Stanton out-hit Frazier 20 to 13, securing the victory.
Stanton's 61 homers sets a new single-night record, blowing out the previous record set by Bobby Abreu's in 2005 with 41. Stanton's longest shot of the night was an estimated 497 feet. Eight of the longest homers and 20 of the 21 deepest drives from the competition came from Stanton.
"For sure, being on the West Coast and taking the flight out here just for this, you know. I figure it's a waste if I don't bring this bad boy home,'' Stanton said after his win. "That is where I got my childhood memories, watching the Home Run Derby as a kid."
With next year's All-Star festivities being hosted by the Marlins, one can expect Stanton to be right back in the running for the 2017 Derby crown.