New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso won his second consecutive Home Run Derby on Monday night, beating Trey Mancini 23-22 in the final round after conceding 51 wins in the first two rounds against Salvador Perez and Juan Soto.
After the event, “The Polar Bear” made a beautiful statement about himself.
“I think I’m the best power on the planet,” Alonso said, according to him Alden Gonzalez of ESPN. “Being able to show that off, and put on a really fun show for the fans, I just thought it was a dream come true for me because when I was young, my parents allowed me to be beyond the it’s my bedtime to watch this.It’s been one of the few nights a year I’ve actually had to stay beyond my bedtime, just watch incredible prowess that you don’t see in a regular baseball game.
“To be able to participate – it’s a dream come true. To be able to do it in the back – it’s really special for me. It’s really beautiful.”
Alonso claiming himself as the best powerhouse in baseball might as well not be wrong. According to Baseball Savant, the 26-year-old ranks at 94th percentile in exit speed, 99th percentile in top exit speed, 81th percentile in hard-hit balls and 93th percentile in cane percentage.
His cane percentage ranks in the top seven percent of Major League Baseball, while his exit speed ranks in the top six percent of the league. His top exit speed ranks in the top percentage, and he has since joined MLB in 2019.
Alonso also defeated Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with 23 laps at home in the last round of the 2019 Home Run Derby. He joins Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) and Yoenis Cespedes (2013-14) to win consecutive titles.
While he could go for a three-pound next year at Dodger Stadium, Alonso said he wasn’t sure he would participate in the event even now. No one has ever won the event three years in a row, so Alonso would be the first if he decides to compete and emerge victorious.