2015 MLB Home Run Derby Review- Hometown Red Todd Frazier Wins

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Todd Frazier celebrates winning the 2015 Home Run Derby

Todd Frazier celebrates winning the 2015 Home Run Derby with a replica WWE championship belt. Frank Victores, USA TODAY Sports

The Best HR Derby in years with a new format of a time limit instead of out limit did not disappoint. The HR Derby shined with the Hometown Cincinnati Red Todd Frazier who was runner up last year wins in Cincinnati, beating Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson. Frazier hitthe tying home run in the final seconds and then drilled a walk-off homer into the left field seats during bonus time to defeat Pederson 15-14.

The Cincinnati Reds third baseman, who came into the Derby tied for fifth in the majors in home runs at the break with 25, had the advantage of being the higher seed in MLB’s new timed, bracket-style competition. Frazier’s presence in the finals kept the fans on the edge of their seats on a night in which an 80% chance of rain earlier in the day threatened to cancel the power-hitting showcase altogether.

In a nod to the threatening forecast, a five-minute time limit each hitter was supposed to have was shortened to four. This Years Home Run Derby had 159 HR compared to just 79 HR last year. Round by Round results are below thanks to Sporting News plus video below. Also thanks to USA Today Sports, ESPN/Grantland for information in this piece.

Round One

No. 1 seed Albert Pujols (Angels) vs. No. 8 seed Kris Bryant (Cubs)

Bryant:  Nine home runs (eight in regulation, one in bonus time). Longest: 462 feet
Pujols: 10 home runs (all in regulation, final one with 0:00 to pass Bryant).  Longest: 446 feet

Result: Pujols advances

No. 4 seed Joc Pederson (Dodgers) vs. No. 5 seed Manny Machado (Orioles)

Machado:  12 home runs (10 in regulation, two in bonus time). Longest: 469 feet
Pederson:  13 home runs (all in regulation, round ended when he passed Machado). Longest: 487 feet

Result: Pederson advances

No. 3 seed Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays) vs. No. 6 seed Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)

Rizzo: Eight home runs (seven in regulation, one in bonus time). Longest: 465 feet
Donaldson: Nine home runs (all in regulation, round ended when he passed Rizzo). Longest: 452 feet

Result: Donaldson advances

No. 2 seed Todd Frazier (Reds) vs. No. 7 seed Prince Fielder (Rangers)

Fielder: 13 home runs (12 in regulation, one in bonus time). Longest: 474 feet
Frazier: 14 home runs (13 in regulation, one in bonus time). Longest: 455 feet

Result: Frazier advances

Round Two

No. 1 seed Albert Pujols vs. No. 4 seed Joc Pederson

Pederson:  12 home runs (nine in regulation, three in bonus time). Longest: 448 feet
Pujols: 11 home runs (10 in regulation, one in bonus time). Longest: 452 feet

Result:  Pederson advances

No. 2 seed Todd Frazier vs. No. 3 seed Josh Donaldson

Donaldson:  Nine home runs (eight in regulation, one in bonus time). Longest: 450 feet
Frazier:  10 home runs (all in regulation, final one landed with 0:00 on clock). Longest: 444 feet

Result: Frazier advances

Final round

No. 2 seed Todd Frazier vs. No. 4 seed Joc Pederson

Pederson:  14 home runs (13 in regulation, one in bonus time). Longest: 461 feet
Frazier: 15 home runs (14 in regulation, one in bonus time).

Result: Frazier wins

Recap of the 2015 MLB HR Derby

Tonight is the MLB All Star Game which we will review tomorrow, I like the National League in a close game to defeat the American League tonight in Cincinnati. Enjoy everybody.

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