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It was a great day for the home run derby. Not only has this new format adopted by the MLB proven to be more entertaining, but fans got to see an amazing showdown between some of the league’s best power hitters.
In the end, the title went to Cincinnati Reds slugger Todd Frazier, who was playing in front of his home crowd, making the win that more special.The new format calls for timed four-minute rounds, which gave the competition a sense of urgency and intensified the drama.
Both showdowns that led to the finals were awesome. Frazier battled Prince Fielder, a two-time home run derby champ, and defeated him to get to the finals where he faced Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson, who defeated Manny Machado.
Frazier just edged out Pederson with a dramatic surge at the end of his hitting time, and beat him by a score of 15 home runs to 14, becoming only the second person in MLB history to win the competition in front of their home crowd.