MLB fans will be treated with the chance to witness Home Run Derby history this season after New York Mets Mets, Pete Alonso, Home Run Derby Pete Alonso declared via Instagram that he'd once again be participating in the All-Star weekend festivity. Alonso is the reigning back-to-back Home Run Derby king, so he'll be looking to defend his throne and earn a historic three-peat, something that was never done before at the derby.
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Alonso has answered the call of Mets fans who were clamoring for him to get back into the batter's box during All-Star weekend. Alonso is one of three players to have won two consecutive Home Run Derby's, including Ken Griffey Jr. (1998, 1999), and Yoenis Cespedes (2013, 2014).
Polar Pete first won the Derby in 2019 and defended his title in 2021. There was no Home Run Derby in 2020 due to the COVID-shortened MLB season.
Alonso was the first Mets player since Darryl Strawberry in 1986 to win the Home Run Derby, and now he's set to take on the game's biggest sluggers once again as he looks to separate himself from the pack in terms of All-Star weekend lore.
This season, Alonso is slashing .273/.348/.533 with 23 home runs and 70 RBI through his first 85 games. He is currently tied for fifth in MLB with his 23 homers, trailing Aaron Judge (30), Kyle Schwarber (28), Yordan Alvarez (26), and Mike Trout (24). He's on par with Byron Buxton and Austin Riley, both of whom have also hit 23 homers.
Alonso will be joined in the derby by Braves star Ronald Acuna. The two NL East sluggers are the first two to declare their entry into the event.