Elias Says: July 11, 2017

All Rise

Aaron Judge is the fourth Yankees player to win the Home Run Derby: Tino Martinez won it in 1997, Jason Giambi in 2002 and Robinson Cano in 2011. That’s the most Home Run Derby winners for any team. Four teams had three winners: the Mariners (all by Ken Griffey, Jr.), Athletics (Yoenis Cespedes twice and Mark McGwire), Reds (Dave Parker, Eric Davis and Todd Frazier) and Cubs (Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg and Sammy Sosa).

Young Yankees in the Derby

Aaron Judge (age 25) and Gary Sanchez (age 24) were the second pair of teammates, both under the age of 26, to participate in the same Home Run Derby. Kris Bryant (age 23) and Anthony Rizzo (age 25) did that for the Cubs in 2015.

Rookies Rule

Two rookies participated in the 2017 Home Run Derby. It was the third time two rookies participated in the same Home Run Derby. It also happened in 1986 (Wally Joyner and Jose Canseco) and 2015 (Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson).

Bellinger and Judge were the tenth and eleventh rookies to participate in the Home Run Derby, with four of those rookies representing the Dodgers. The other Dodgers rookies to do so were Mike Piazza (1993), Joc Pederson (2015) and Corey Seager (2016). Oakland is the only other team that had more than one rookie in the Home Run Derby: Jose Canseco (1986) and Mark McGwire (1987).

Judge is the first rookie to win the event outright. Rookie Wally Joyner shared the 1986 title with Darryl Strawberry.

There have been 364 home runs hit by rookies so far this season, 103 more than any other season at the All-Star break. The previous high for home runs by rookies at the break was 261 in 2015.

Marlins home cookin’

Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour were the 20th and 21st players to participate in the Home Run Derby in their home ballpark. Stanton and Bour were the second pair of teammates to participate in the Home Run Derby in their home ballpark. Gary Sheffield and Fred McGriff, both representing the Padres, did that at Jack Murphy Stadium in 1992.

Bellinger was the third youngest Derby participant

Cody Bellinger, at 21 years, 362 days old, was the third-youngest player to participate in the Home Run Derby, just older than Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1990 (20 years, 230 days) and Bryce Harper in 2013 (20, 272).