Even without getting the All-Star nod, Giancarlo Stanton and Todd Frazier, for that matter, were able to make their mark on baseball's unofficial halfway point. Stanton was able to coast to the finals with relative ease, and made quick work of Todd Frazier in the championship round, blasting 20 home runs compared to Frazier's 13. Ultimately, Stanton was able to hit a Derby-record 61 homers, including two shots of 497 feet.
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Among others, Todd Frazier reflected on Stanton's performance and how he made the tournament different from last year: “It’s a different beast. You look at him, you talk to him, you hear his voice and it’s a deep voice. You say, ‘oh, man, I didn’t know that was coming out.’ It’s like a guy from that movie 300, just walking in, it’s like, “That’s the guy we have to take down or we’re in trouble.’ I couldn’t take him down and that’s what happens a lot of the time.”
Next year, the All-Star Game will be played in Miami, so it is almost a foregone conclusion that Stanton will attempt to defend his crown next year. When asked if he will participate in the Home Run Derby, Stanton was cautiously optimistic: "Just depends, depends how the year is going, depends where it is, depends on a lot of things. Next year it's at home, so I mean, pretty good chance.”
While Stanton did dominate the festivities yesterday, he has struggled on the season. Stanton is hitting just .233/.328/.495 with 20 home runs in 76 games, but had hit five home runs in three games prior to the All-Star break. Hopefully Stanton will be able to build off this performance and have a monster second half.