FINALS — TODD FRAZIER
Frazier put on a nice show in the end, but his 13 home runs weren’t enough.
Giancarlo Stanton is the new Home Run Derby champion and single-derby home run record holder. What an unbelievable performance.
T-Mobile donates $582,000 to charity.
That’ll do it for us tonight. Thanks for tuning in to NESN.com’s coverage of the 2016 Home Run Derby.
FINALS — GIANCARLO STANTON
Stanton just hit 20 (!) home runs. In the finals.
He also shattered the previous derby record of 41 home runs in any given year. He finishes with 61, barring a swing-off. He hit them far, too.
Todd Frazier is next.
10:10 p.m.: Before the finals, T-Mobile’s COO announced that they’re doubling their donation to charity. He was very excited about it.
In all seriousness though, this is awesome. Good for T-Mobile.
10:05 p.m.: Here’s a look at the Trumbo homer that hit the scoreboard. He’s the first person ever to do that at Petco Park.
SEMIFINAL — TODD FRAZIER
The Champ is here, and he’s moving on to the finals.
Todd Frazier maintained a steady pace throughout his round, went on a bit of a run around the two-minute mark, and then hit his 16th home run to eliminate Adam Duvall.
Because Frazier is a higher seed (based on how many home runs he’s hit in the regular season entering the competition), he gets the advantage of going last.
Then again, Stanton knows he has to hit a ton. He could always go for 24 again and really put the pressure on.
9:57 p.m.: Here’s a friendly reminder that Mark Trumbo roofed a ball in left field in the semifinals after sending one over the building in the first round.
SEMIFINAL — ADAM DUVALL
Well, well, well, Mr. Duvall. Consider us impressed.
Duvall improves on his Round 1 total, hitting 15 home runs in the semifinal. Can the defending champion answer? Todd Frazier is up next.
9:54 p.m.: One of the best parts about the derby is watching the little kids shag balls in the outfield.
Sometimes they wipe out hard. Like this.
SEMIFINAL — MARK TRUMBO
Trumbo just ran out of gas. He blasted 12 home runs in regulation and another two in extra time, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Stanton, who moves on to the finals by a 17-14 score.
He’ll set a new derby record with his next home run.
Up next: Adam Duvall vs. defending champion Todd Frazier.
SEMIFINAL — GIANCARLO STANTON
Stanton just tied a derby record.
He hit 17 home runs in the semifinal after his 24 in the first, tying Bobby Abreu’s mark set in 2005.
It’s a big number, but we’ll see if Mark Trumbo can match. We think he can.
END OF FIRST ROUND
A quick recap of the first round:
— Mark Trumbo defeated Corey Seager 16-15
— Giancarlo Stanton annihilated Robinson Cano, 24-7
— Adam Duvall beat Wil Myers 11-10– Todd Frazier beat Carlos Gonzalez, 13-12.
It’s Trumbo vs. Stanton and Duvall vs. Frazier in the semifinals.
FIRST ROUND — TODD FRAZIER
The Champ isn’t surrendering his belt just yet.
Todd Frazier waited until the final seconds of his round, but defeated Gonzalez with his 13th homer. He’ll advance to the semifinals.
FIRST ROUND — CARLOS GONZALEZ
CarGo had himself a decent round, finishing with 12 in normal time. He earned his bonus time, but couldn’t get any more out of the yard.
He rocked the backwards hat while he was batting, à la Ken Griffey Jr., but hit more balls to centerfield than any other batter — more than a few of which died just short of the wall.
Defending champion Todd Frazier is up next.
9:08 p.m.: Here’s another look at a Stanton homer, while we wait.
FIRST ROUND — ADAM DUVALL
The 27-year-old Cincinnati Reds outfielder hits 11 and moves on to the second round.
David Ortiz joined the broadcast booth during Duvall’s performance and did his best “back, back, back!” Chris Berman impression during Duvall’s walk-off 11th homer of the round. Berman enjoyed it.
Asked about the new timed format, Ortiz laughed and said “you have to be in your 20s to do it.”
Never change, Papi.
FIRST ROUND — WIL MYERS
Myers didn’t have the worst showing of the first round, but it wasn’t overly impressive, either. He finished with 10.
FIRST ROUND — ROBINSON CANO
Cano, a former derby champion, didn’t stand a chance.
He hit seven home runs in his appearance, and is eliminated by a 24-7 margin.
FIRST ROUND — GIANCARLO STANTON
Stanton just watched Trumbo’s performance and thought, “challenge accepted.”
Stanton took his timeout earlier than anyone else, after just two minutes. He already had 12 home runs when that happened.
He finished regular time with 22 home runs, and added two more during bonus time for a total of 24 home runs. His longest was listed at 497 feet. Robinson Cano needs to hit 25 home runs to advance. Yikes.
FIRST ROUND — MARK TRUMBO
Trumbo also started off slow, but took his timeout with about 75 seconds left. He blasted eight straight bombs, including his walk-off blast with 14 seconds remaining. He defeats Seager, 16-15, and moves on to the second round.
Trumbo put on quite a show. His longest home run was listed at 479 feet, but he hit one ball over the Western Metal Supply Co. building in left and nearly hit the scoreboard in center field.
FIRST ROUND — COREY SEAGER
After a slow start with just a few home runs in the first two minutes, Seager turned on the jets and finished with 12 home runs in regulation. He eaned his 30-second bonus with two home runs over 440 feet, and he utilized that with three home runs. 15 is a big number for Mark Trumbo to beat.
8:14 p.m.: Corey Seager steps into the box and we’re underway. He’ll face Mark Trumbo in the first round.
8:11 p.m.: Dave Winfield throws out the ceremonial first pitch and we’re about to begin.
8:02 p.m.: While Chris Berman welcomes San Diego and the world to ESPN’s broadcast of the Derby, let’s take a moment to re-live Todd Frazier’s epic buzzer-beating, walk-off, 2015 Home Run Derby-winning blast.
7:54 p.m.: It’s almost time.
But first, a performance from Fall Out Boy. Seriously.
7:30 p.m.: It looks like the fans agree with our thought process.
As does Stanton’s teammate, Jose Fernandez, who really put all of his eggs in one basket.
6:45 p.m.: Prediction time.
The field isn’t quite as stacked as the 2015 event, but there are some serious home run hitters here. Here’s what we think will happen:
— No. 1 Mark Trumbo over No. 8 Corey Seager
— No. 5 Giancarlo Stanton over No. 4 Robinson Cano
— No. 6 Wil Myers over No. 3 Adam Duvall
— No. 2 Todd Frazier over No. 7 Carlos Gonzalez
— Stanton over Trumbo
— Frazier over Myers
— Stanton over Frazier.
Stanton just seems too good and too powerful not to win in Petco Park, which is humongous.
6:30 p.m.: The coolest event of the summer is finally here.
Welcome to NESN.com’s coverage of the 2016 Home Run Derby. We’ll have you covered all night with updates, highlights and results as they happen in San Diego’s Petco Park, as well as everything you need to know heading into the derby below.
We’re hoping for another exciting derby after last year’s event gave us a thrilling new set of rules that provided an electric atmosphere and buzzer-beating walk-offs.
The rules, which were changed last year, are as follows:
— Players compete head-to-head in a bracket-style competition
— Each hitter gets four minutes to hit as many home runs as possible; hitting two home runs 440 feet or more gives the player 30 seconds of bonus time
— Players in the first two rounds get one 45-second break to be used whenever they want
— In the finals, players can call two timeouts
— If a round ends in a tie, players advance to a 60-second swing-off. If still tied, each player gets three swings and keeps going until the tie is broken.
Here’ a look at the bracket.
The eight players in the competition have hit a combined 172 home runs this season, led by Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo, who has blasted an MLB-high 28 long balls already.
A few other quick notes on the players, per ESPN:
— Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez leads MLB in average home run distance at 423.7 feet.
— Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Corey Seager (22 years, 75 days) would be the youngest winner ever.
— The host San Diego Padres have the third-fewest total home runs in MLB. Wil Myers would be the first Padre ever to win the event.
The weather is expected to be in the mid-60s in San Diego with a humidity level at 72 percent — nice weather for baseballs to fly out of the spacious Petco Park.
The event kicks off at 8 p.m. on ESPN and will be called by Chris Berman, Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone.
Thumbnail photo via Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports Images
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