2021 MLB All-Star Game Home Run Derby: Big numbers from Pete Alonso's epic derby performance

ByJames Jackson ESPN logo
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso defended his Home Run Derby title in an epic outing during the 2021 MLB All-Star Game festivities. Alonso beat Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles for the crown.

As the dust settles from Alonso's performance in Denver, here are some key figures to contextualize his historic evening of going yard.

15,659: Alonso hit 35 total home runs in the first round of Monday's contest, setting a record for the opening round and collecting the third most in any round. Including a 514-foot shot, those homers traveled a total of 15,659 feet, according to ESPN's Stats & Information data. He homered on his first 17 pitches.

74: The 2019 All-Star went yard 74 times in Monday's victory and became the first to hit at least 100 homers in a Home Run Derby career. For context, Alonso entered this season with 69 career home runs in 218 appearances for New York. His 2021 derby total trails only Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s 91 in 2019 for the most in a single contest.

3: Having also triumphed at the 2019 Home Run Derby, Alonso became just the third hitter to win back-to-back contests. He joins Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) and Yoenis Cespedes (2013-14). Darryl Strawberry (1986) is the only other player in Mets history to win the derby even once. Alonso's victory marks the fifth time in six contests a National League player has won. Aaron Judge (2017) is the only American League player to win over that span.

500: Since Statcast first started play-by-play tracking in 2016, Alonso is responsible for four of the 10 longest homers hit in the derby during that stretch. He hit four home runs of at least 500 feet on Monday, trailing only Shohei Ohtani's six such homers for the most in a single contest.

6: With 22 home runs in the final round, Mancini put pressure on Alonso, who responded with 17 during regulation then sealed the win by knocking out six consecutive homers in bonus time.

309: The 309 total homers hit in the 2021 derby are the second-highest total in the contest's history. Only the 2019 competition had more, with 312.

$1 million: That's the total prize money for Alonso. It is considerably more than his 2021 salary of $675,775.

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