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The Daily Chop: Pete Alonso repeats as Derby champ, Draft Day Two, Charlie meets Nando, and more

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Major League parks are not big enough to challenge the immense power of Pete Alonso.

MLB: Home Run Derby Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The greatest power bats in baseball were on full display Monday night in Denver, but Pete Alonso managed to steal the show yet again as he claimed his second consecutive Home Run Derby title. Way back in 2019, Alonso won in Cleveland and appeared well-prepared to defend his title at Coors Field. The lumbering slugger peppered balls into the seats all night, but set the tone early by blasting 35 homers in the first round.

Shohei Ohtani entered as the odds-on favorite, but struggled to lift the ball and find consistent launch angle. He did manage to force a swing-off against Juan Soto, but was unable to advance. Ohtani failed to deliver on the lofty expectations that were placed on him for the event, but his talents will certainly be on full display Tuesday night during the All-Star Game. Soto actually blasted the longest homer of the night and set a Derby record with a 520-foot homer.

Trey Mancini was probably the least-heralded entrant in the Derby, but his story is certainly the best. He overcame cancer a year ago and has enjoyed an excellent season for Orioles, then put on quite a show during the Derby. He beat Matt Olson, then hometown representative Trevor Story, before squaring off with Alonso in the finals. Mancini blasted 22 homers in the final round, but Alonso caught fire and completed his title defense with over 30 seconds to spare.

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