CLEVELAND — Mets rookie Pete Alonso has a million-dollar swing.
New York’s latest slugger outlasted a worn-down Vladimir Guerrero Jr. within the closing spherical of the All-Star Dwelling Run Derby on Monday night time to win $1 million — practically double his 2019 wage.
Alonso in some way had sufficient to edge Guerrero, who hit 91 homers however ran out of fuel within the final spherical following an epic semifinal matchup in opposition to Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson.
Needing 23 homers to beat Guerrero, Alonso linked for a homer to left-center earlier than flipping his bat excessive into the air and hugging his pitcher, cousin Derek Morgan. Alonso was then swarmed by the NL All-Stars who have been handled to an influence show in contrast to any within the occasion’s historical past.
Alonso is the second rookie to win, following Aaron Choose in 2017. He’s additionally the primary Mets participant to win the derby outright. Darryl Strawberry shared the title with Wally Joyner in 1986.
Alonso has hit 30 dwelling runs this 12 months and can play in Tuesday night time’s All-Star Recreation.