Pete Alonso won the Home Run Derby on Monday, becoming only the third player to win the competition in back to back seasons.
Trey Mancini made a remarkable run to the final round in his first season back after undergoing colon cancer surgery and treatment.
Alonso had the second best odds to win the Home Run Derby at +500 while Mancini had the longest odds at +900.
There was only one narrative heading to Monday’s Home Run Derby.
Los Angeles Angels’ two-way phenomenon Shohei Ohtani warmed up for Tuesday’s MLB All-Star game by participating in this year’s Home Run Derby.
As the MLB leader in home runs with 33, five more than the next closest hitter, Ohtani was the top seed in the tournament and was also the hands-down betting favorite to win the competition at SportsBetting.ag:
Shohei Ohtani is the betting favorite in the Home Run Derby https://t.co/SeeBr5JexG pic.twitter.com/W64o0qzr15
— Nick Veronica (@NickVeronica) July 8, 2021
Ohtani did not disappoint. He drilled six home runs 500 feet or longer, setting a Home Run Derby record. But the Angels’ two-way star was upset by +250 betting underdog Juan Soto in a thrilling first round that produced two tiebreaks and a total of 61 home runs hit, including 10 which traveled 500-plus feet out.
The night however belonged to Pete Alonso who won for the second straight year and Trey Mancini whose run to the final round was truly inspirational.
Alonso smashes in the final round to take home another #HRDerby trophy.
Alonso had +500 odds to win it all. pic.twitter.com/9t7YtOyht9
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) July 13, 2021
Pete Alonso entered the competition as the only player in the field who had experience in the Home Run Derby. It showed on Monday night.
Alonso joined Ken Griffey Jr. and Yoenis Cespedes as the only players to win MLB’s Home Run Derby in consecutive seasons. With his 74-home run total on Monday, Alonso also became the first competitor in Home Run Derby history to hit an aggregate of at least 100 home runs in the competition with a total of 131.
His 35 home run output in the first round against Salvador Perez is a new Home Run Derby record, surpassing the old mark of 29 set by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. It is also the third highest ever total in any round of the tournament.
A Great Story and a Great Show
2️⃣2️⃣ homers for @TreyMancini in the final round of the #HRDerby!
A great story and a great show.
🎥 @MLB pic.twitter.com/NKK6UyIdTZ
— The Athletic MLB (@TheAthleticMLB) July 13, 2021
But while Alonso’s title retention bid was a big story, Trey Mancini’s run to the Home Run Derby Final was both inspirational and impressive. Entering the competition with the longest odds to win at +900, he produced two stunning upsets before eventually bowing out to the two-time Home Run Derby champion.
Mancini missed the entire 2020 season after undergoing surgery and treatment for Stage 3 colon cancer. In November 2020, Mancini announced that he was cancer-free and was planning to return during the 2021 season. He did, and after hitting 15 home runs as of the cutoff date for the Home Run Derby’s bracket draw, he was seeded 6th in the competition.
He upset Matt Olson in the first round 24-23 as a +165 betting underdog then outgunned hometown hitter Trevor Story 13-12 in the second round. In the final round, Mancini hammered 22 home runs but after a slow start, Alonso finished strong, overtook Mancini with over 30 second left on the clock, and claimed the $1M prize.