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Giancarlo Stanton Belts 61 Home Runs

Averaging 447-feet per home run, Giancarlo Stanton captured the 2016 Home Run Derby. (Jonah Haskell: WFUV Sports)


SAN DIEGO-  It took Roger Maris 161 games in 1961 to set a baseball record at the time. It took Giancarlo Stanton 13-and-a-half minutes on Monday evening at the 2016 Home Run Derby. 

The Marlins outfielder put on a show for the All-Star crowd at Petco Park as he belted 61 home runs and took down defending champ Todd Frazier in the final round 20-13.

Not only did Stanton dominate, but he conquered with pure power. Of his 60-plus dingers, the three-time All-Star blasted 40 homers more than 440-feet and blasted 20 of the 21 longest shots in the entire event. The 61 were also the most-ever in a single Home Run Derby, eclipsing Bobby Abreu's 41 bombs in 2005.

Stanton took down Robinson Cano 24-17 in the first round and MLB home run leader Mark Trumbo 17-14 in the semi-finals before his triumph over the White Sox slugger.

Dodgers rookie Corey Seager got the night going, belting 15 homers, but Trumbo was up to the early task, crushing 16 taters to reach the semis.

Then it was Stanton's 24 first round longballs that took centerstage, including a Derby-long 497-foot smash to left center.

In the third first round matchup, hometown hope Will Myers was outslugged by Reds first-time All-Star Adam Duvall's 11 dingers. 

Frazier took down Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez 13-12 to finish out the first round and advance to the semis. 

Stanton then took out Trumbo before Frazier edged Duvall 16-15 to set up the final that most hoped for.

The current National Leaguer was just too much for the former Senior Circuit star.

Both Stanton and Frazier are not on their respective All-Star teams this year and were invited to San Diego to soley participate in Monday's display of sheer power.


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