Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Home Run Derby reactions from around the league

CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 08: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after knocking out Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Progressive Field on July 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 08: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after knocking out Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Progressive Field on July 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was all the talk around the baseball world last night following a monstrous 91 homer effort at the Home Run Derby in Cleveland.

Even though Vladimir Guerrero Jr. did not win the event, the budding superstar coupled with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson put on an epic display of power in a battle for the ages that will not be soon forgotten.

Pederson matched Vladdy’s ridiculous total of 29 to force a playoff round which again ended tied forcing a three-swing sudden death. The sluggers were tied after the first swing off needing a second to proclaim a winner with Vladdy edging out Pederson when it was all said and done.

The 40-homer round proved to be the demise for Vladdy as he appeared visibly winded in the final versus the Mets Pete Alonso who had plenty left in the tank beating Vladdy’s final round total of 22.

Regardless of the outcome, the moonshot display had the baseball world buzzing on social media last night surrounding Vladdy and his light-tower power.

Astros superstar Alex Bregman who was also a competitor in the Derby reiterated why it was the correct decision to be at the event.

"“I heard a lot of stuff before. People were talking trash that he shouldn’t be in. He proved a lot of people wrong. He showed the world that he’s coming.”"

Blue Jays first-rounder Alek Manoah has embraced Canada and the Blue Jays since being selected in the first round. Manoah couldn’t contain his excitement apparently during the derby which did not impress the hotel staff where he was staying.

The best tweet of the night was arguably from the Texas Rangers who prior to the event tweeted a clip of Josh Hamilton setting the single-round derby record with 28 homers. The tweet said “Good luck beating this tonight, fellas” Following the event a second tweet followed with an “Oops”

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Vladdy may not have won, but he put on one of the best Home Run displays in Derby history. The future is bright for young Junior.

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