Giancarlo Stanton bashes his way to Home Run Derby victory

By Shawn Price  |  July 11, 2016 at 11:59 PM
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SAN DIEGO, July 11 (UPI) -- Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton didn't make the 2016 All-Star Game, but made for one of the most memorable Home Run Derbys in the history of the event.

Stanton crushed a record 61 homers Monday night on his way to beating defending champ Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox for his first derby victory. Stanton easily outpaced Frazier in the final round 20-13 as well.

The Marlins' slugger blew past 2011 champion Robinson Cano in the opening round and Mark Trumbo, currently the top slugger in the majors, in the semifinals.

The assembled sluggers in the derby didn't seem to notice that San Diego's Petco Park, just a few hundred yards from the Pacific Ocean and its moist, heavy air, is essentially a pitcher's park and especially hard to hit home runs in, as the ball shot beyond the outfield fences easily the entire contest.

Stanton's homer total flew past Bobby Abreu's 2005 record of 41, with 39 of the shots going farther than 440 feet and 15 of the homers going farther than 480 feet.

The slugger also hit all 10 of the longest shots, and 18 of the 19 longest in the contest.

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