The 2023 edition of the Home Run Derby already has a winner, the Dominican Vladimir Guerrero Jr. became the great winner and a benchmark as a gunfighter in the Major Leagues.
In an extremely tight duel in which the Toronto Blue Jays player accumulated 25 HR in his last attempt against the Mexican Cuban Randy Arozarena of the Tampa Bay Rays who accumulated 23 home runs.
Home Run Derby with a Latin flavor
The result also highlights that this was the second time in history in which four Latinos advanced to the second round, they were Randy Arozarena (Cuban-Mexican), Louis Robert Jr. (Cuban), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Dominican) and Julio Rodriguez (Dominican).
The first edition in which this happened was in 2005 in which they participated Bobby Abreu (Venezuelan), ivan rodriguez (Puerto Rican), Charles Lee (Panamanian) and david ortiz (Dominican).
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. historic
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s victory consummated the first father-son couple to win the contest since it began in 1985; Well, his father Vladimir Guerrero got it in 2007.
Randy Arozarena also sealed a brilliant participation
Arozarena became the 2nd player in HR Derby history with the most total home runs: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with 91 in 2019; Randy Arozarena with 82 in this 2023 edition and Julio Rodríguez with 81 in 2022.