Home Run Derby:
Alex Rios defeated by Vladimir Guerrero
Vladimir Guerrero, Los
Angeles Angels, is the new "Home Run Derby" champion, defeating
"Home Run Darby" champion is Vladimir Guerrero from the LA
Angels. Guerrero hit 17 homers defeating Alex Rios of Toronto
3-2 in the final round of the All-Star competition. None of the
eight sluggers managed a true "splash hit" over the right-field
fence and into the waterfront park's iconic McCovey Cove.
Guerrero, who managed just two homers in
his only previous derby appearance back in 2000, also produced
the contest's most fearsome shot: a 503-footer to left that fell
just short of the oversized baseball mitt looming over the
outfield bleachers - a target that still hasn't been hit during
a game in the park's 8-year history.
Guerrero might not have won the title if
not for some assistance from a fellow AL All-Star. After missing
on his first three attempts in the first round, Boston's David
Ortiz stopped the festivities to present a new bat from a wooden
case. His first attempt after that went for his fourth out, but
he ended with five, including a first-round long 463-footer, to
advance to the second round.
Alex Rios, of the Blue Jays, hit a
second-round high 12 homers after hitting five in the first
round, but managed only two in the final round. He was shooting
to become the first Toronto player to win the Home Run Derby.
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Published on 07/09/2007