Chris McShane | Amazin’ Avenue: Pete Alonso won his second consecutive Home Run Derby with a grand total of 74 home runs. Trey Mancini, who was undergoing chemotherapy a year ago, made it to the finals. Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto also went into a double swing-off with Soto coming out on top.
J.J. Cooper | Baseball America $: The Pirates surprised everyone when they took Henry Davis first overall, but that was part of a larger strategy that paid off Monday. Pittsburgh came away with multiple first-round talents on Day 2. J.J. Cooper explains how.
Jeremy Siegel | Pitcher List: Marcus Semien will be starting at second base for the American League, and that’s well-deserved after he posted a .372 wOBA and 3.8 fWAR in the first half. This would be Semien’s second year with a wRC+ in triple digits, so it’s reasonable to wonder if this production is sustainable. Dynamic hard-hit rate might say no.
Here are the All-Star Game lineups.
The AL and NL lineups are stacked pic.twitter.com/qxNpeiKd5d— All-Star Game (@AllStarGame) July 12, 2021
Here’s what Pete Alonso did to those poor, defenseless baseballs.
All 74 of Pete Alonso's #HRDerby homers.— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) July 13, 2021
TWENTY of these were 475+ feet. pic.twitter.com/QLf0lACHiu
Here’s Juan Soto hitting a ball 520 feet.
520 FEET!— MLB (@MLB) July 13, 2021
Insane stuff from @JuanSoto25_. #HRDerby pic.twitter.com/Cz5ugDBbqa