Giancarlo Stanton knows how to absolutely crush a baseball. Stanton put on an unbelievable show in San Diego Monday night in the 2016 Home Run Derby. He was put up in the first round against Robinson Cano, where he absolutely stunned everybody watching. He hit a whopping 24 homers in the first round. That number right there is almost historic; he falls short to claiming the most homers in a round to Josh Hamilton, who hit 28 back in 2008. After blowing Cano out of the water, (Cano only hit 7), he moved on to the semifinals where he would face Baltimore Oriole Mark Trumbo. Trumbo was impressive in his first round, hitting some monster shots out to defeat Corey Seager. However, Trumbo did not have enough gas to outdo Stanton in the second round. Stanton hit 17 homers, leaving Trumbo to fall short at 14. It was then down to the finals: Giancarlo Stanton vs reigning home run derby champ Todd Frazier. Giancarlo batted first, hitting out 20 long balls in his allotted time. Frazier came up short by 7, hitting only 13 out of the park.
The fascinating part of watching Stanton is not even how many home runs he can hit: it is how far and how fast he hits the ball. 42 of his 61 homers went over 440 feet. This allowed him to achieve bonus time in each round, since the requirement was 2 over for the extra 30 seconds. The strength with which he hits added to the show. His hits off the bat reached up to 120 mph. Giancarlo was so impressive, David Ortiz even referred to him as a human avatar.
Bringing home the home run derby title to Miami has to mean so much to Stanton. He definitely faced his fair share of struggles during the first half, and he has just proved all he is really capable of on a national stage. If this title lights a spark in Giancarlo, it is unimaginable what he could do to help the Marlins come October.
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