So Cody Bellinger didn’t win the 2017 home run derby, but he did perform pretty well. The rookie slugger hit 15 home runs in the first round to beat Charlie Blackmon by an inch, (literally) and advance to the second round where he hit 12 long balls. Unfortunately he was up against Aaron Judge, Yankee strong man and beast. Judge ended up winning the home run derby, defeating Miguel Sano of the Twins in the final round.
The home run derby is different than many of us remember from years past. The rules have been changed. The eight participants are seeded from 1-8, (Bellinger was the number 3 seed) and each round is now timed. Each batter gets four minutes as two sluggers are paired against each other in each round.
You must beat your opponent, (hit more home runs than him) in order to advance to the next round. There are three rounds and if you hit two or more 440 foot home runs you get an extra 30 seconds per round.
Bellinger had his Dad pitching to him and I felt as if he was a bit slow to the plate. Bellinger had to beat Blackmon’s 14 in order to advance. Bellinger had 12 before hitting number 13 at the last second. The dinger counted and was over 440 feet to give young Cody the bonus time he needed to blast his way past Blackmon. Bellinger did just that as he hit 15 to pass up Blackmon and advance to the second round.
But Aaron Judge was just too much to overcome. Bellinger hit 12 home runs in the second round, but that would be as far as he would get. Bellinger hit 27 home runs combined in the two rounds and put on quite a show for the fans at Marlin’s Park. Teammate Kenley Jansen recorded the entire derby on video.
The home run derby is fun to watch but let’s just say that Cody is saving the home runs for the real games.