The 2017 Home Run Derby concluded Monday night with Aaron Judge remaining on top of Major League Baseball, continuing his dream rookie season.
Judge defeated Minnesota Twin Miguel Sano 11-10 in the final round to take home the trophy. He, along with teammate Gary Sanchez and Miami teammates Justin Bour and Giancarlo Stanton, stole the show at Marlins Park.
Sanchez got things going with a major upset, defeating Giancarlo Stanton 17-16 as time expired on the hometown favorite.
Dodgers rookie — and NL ROY frontrunner — Cody Bellinger also had a banner night, walking-off Charlie Blackmon 15-14 and putting up a solid effort in a 13-12 loss to Judge.
Judge’s best round came in the opener, when he needed 23 homer uns to best Bour, and he clinched it with about five seconds remaining on his bonus clock. His next two rounds were a little less labor-intensive, needing 11 to beat Sano and 12 to best Bellinger.
Here are the full results from the 2017 Home Run Derby:
2017 Home Run Derby Results
Miguel Sano (11) defeats Mike Moustakas (10)
Gary Sanchez (17) defeats Giancarlo Stanton (16)
Cody Bellinger (15) defeats Charlie Blackmon (14)
Aaron Judge (23) defeats Justin Bour (22)
Miguel Sano (12) defeats Gary Sanchez (11)
Aaron Judge (13) defeats Cody Bellinger (12)
Aaron Judge (11) defeats Miguel Sano (10)
Who participated in the 2017 Home Run Derby?
Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins
Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees
Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees
Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City Royals
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins
Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Justin Bour, 1B, Miami Marlins
Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies
2017 Home Run Derby Bracket
How were the 2017 Home Run Derby seeds determined?
Giancarlo Stanton was given the No. 1 seed because he won the event in 2016. According to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, seeds were then determined by 2017 home run totals entering play on Wednesday, July 5. Home run totals since June 15 were used as tiebreakers where appropriate.
2017 Home Run Derby rules and format
An explanation of the 2017 Home Run Derby format via Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com:
It’s a single-elimination bracket system with three rounds total. In each bracket, the higher seed hits second. In the first round, Stanton faces Sanchez, Judge faces Bour, Bellinger faces Blackmon and Moustakas faces Sano.
Batters will have four minutes per round. The clock starts with the release of the first pitch. Interestingly, when the new format was created in 2015, batters were supposed to have five minutes per round. With rain in the forecast in Cincinnati that night, the decision was made to shorten the rounds to four minutes. The event went so well that MLB opted to keep the four-minute rounds in effect.
It should be noted that once the second player in a given round exceeds the home run total of his opponent, the round ends. There is no need for a player to add to his tally.
Past Home Run Derby winners
List of past content winners via MLB.com:
|1999||Ken Griffey, Jr.|
|1998||Ken Griffey, Jr.|
|1994||Ken Griffey, Jr.|
|1991||Cal Ripken, Jr.|
|1989||Eric Davis; Ruben Sierra|
|1988||Canceled because of rain|
|1986||Darryl Strawberry; Wally Joyner|