Hey, batter batter! Cincinnati’s own Todd Frazier has won the 2015 Home Run Derby, beating Joc Pederson 15-14 in the final. Eight of the top sluggers took the field at the Great American Ball Park on July 13 to compete in the annual competition.
We have a winner! Despite the rain and last minute game changes, Todd Frazier was the Derby winner at the 2015 MLB All-Star game at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on July 13. The best of the best from the National and American Leagues put on their game faces for the big day, but Todd took home the coveted victory after an intense three rounds, beating out Joc Pederson in the finals!
Cincinnati is beaming with pride after Todd’s victory — and it was very well deserved. He hit a line-drive into the left-field seats to knock out Joc in the intense third round. After Joc hit 14 home runs in the final, Todd had three home runs in the first minute, and two more immediately after that, eventually making it to eight. Way to go!
Bedlam in Cincy. The Toddfather won. pic.twitter.com/3OOS3FtPlQ
— Joe Lemire (@LemireJoe) July 14, 2015
Four players each from the National and American Leagues participated in the Derby. American League participants included Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, Toronto Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson, the Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado and the Texas Rangers’ Prince Fielder. National League participants included the Cincinnati Reds’ Todd, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc and Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.
There were quite a few rule changes in 2015, including having a seeded bracket and timed rounds, as opposed to having 10 outs at the plate. Each hitter had four minutes per round (originally five minutes, but was changed due to weather conditions). The player who hit the most home runs would win the matchup and advance to the next round.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you pleased with the winner of the Derby? Who did you want to win? Sound off below!
— Julianne Ishler