It may just be the Year of the Polar Bear.
Pete Alonso's sensational rookie season continued on Monday after he outslugged Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to win the Home Run Derby at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
Alonso hit 23 home runs in the final round to edge the 20-year-old Blue Jays slugger, who hit 22 in the final round.
As the Home Run Derby champion, Alonso wins $1 million in grand prize money, of which he will donate five percent each to the Wounded Warriors Foundation and Tunnels to Towers charity.
Alonso appeared to be in trouble in the semifinal round against Braves slugger Ronald Acuña Jr., who hit 19 home runs. But the Mets rookie rallied late and blasted a 457-foot home run into center field as time expired to finish with 20 and advance to the finals.
Let loose. ❄🐻 pic.twitter.com/vZfYAAxD02- New York Mets (@Mets) July 9, 2019
There, he was able to defeat Guerrero, who was engaged in a thrilling semifinal battle with Dodgers' slugger Joc Pederson a round earlier. The two both hit 29 home runs and followed with three tie-breaking rounds until Guerrero finally edged Pederson, hitting two home runs to Pederson's one in the second three swing swing-off.
Guerrero not only broke Josh Hamilton's record of 28 home runs in a single round set in 2008 twice in the night (with Pederson also joining him) with 29, but also set a Derby record of 91 total home runs.
Still, it was Alonso who ultimately took home the hardware and grand prize money.