Perez puts on a show, but fall short in Home Run Derby

Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez blasted 28 home runs in his round of the Home Run Derby as part of the All-Star Game festivities in Denver Monday. Alas, his opening round opponent, Pete Alonso, slugged 35 to win the matchup. Alonso later took the first-place trophy for the second time in a row.



July 13, 2021 - 10:00 AM

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez rounds the bases after hitting a two-run homer against the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning Saturday. Photo by TNS

DENVER (AP) — Pete Alonso of the New York Mets became the third back-to-back Home Run Derby champion, beating No. 6 seed Trey Mancini as part of the All-Star Game festivities Monday.

The 26-year-old Alonso joins Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) and Yoenis Céspedes (2013-14) as the only players to win two straight. Alonso has one distinction.

Alonso began his Home Run Derby title defense in grand style by swatting a first-round record 35 homers to knock off Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals.

The fourth-seeded Perez finished with 28 homers, which would’ve won the previous two matchups.

Alonso’s burst was the most in the first round, topping the 28 by Josh Hamilton in 2008.

Perez is the American League’s starting catcher for tonight’s summer tilt.

HANK AARON is being celebrated at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game as if it was in Atlanta.

Coaches, pitchers and position players, wore uniforms with No. 44 during workouts at Coors Field on Monday in honor of the Hall of Famer and Braves legend who died in January. The uniforms were donned prior to the All-Star Game tonight.

Players even posed in the uniforms for team photos. They wore their usual team uniforms with 44 replacing their usual number (example: Max Scherzer wore his standard Washington uniform, it just featured No. 44 on the back instead of No. 31).

The All-Star Game was to be held in Atlanta with a celebration of Aaron a significant part of the festivities. 

However, MLB moved the game to Denver in April after a new voting bill passed in Georgia. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred promised Aaron’s memory would still be an important part of the week, saying in a statement: “We will continue with our plans to celebrate the memory of Hank Aaron during this season’s All-Star festivities.”

All season, the field at Truist Park has featured a giant 44 in the outfield.