Former Rutgers Baseball Star Makes it to Home Run Derby Final
Todd Frazier stepped into the box after a 1-hour rain delay with a smile on his face. The third baseman showed pure calmness at the plate, considering the rain and the cold.
The former Scarlet Knight hit two homers in the first round, which was just enough to get him into a hit-off for the final spot in the second round. Frazier defeated hometown favorite Justin Morneau in the National League bracket.
After making it into the second round by the skin of his teeth, Frazier exploded out with six homers.
The Toms River native then led off the NL final against Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins. Frazier only hit one home run, and assuming his night was done, he went back to the bench still proud of what he accomplished, until Stanton did not hit a single home run.
After leading off each of the NL rounds, Frazier decided to let the defending champion Yoenis Cespedes hit first. During an interview with ESPN, Frazier said, “I haven’t had a chance at second yet; maybe it will do me better.”
Cespedes stepped into the box and began the Home Run Derby final with a bang, and the power and explosiveness continued. Cespedes hit 9 homers in the final. At one point, it seemed as if the defending champ would not stop, hitting balls into dead center and the upper left-center deck.
With a little longer break, Frazier stepped up to the plate showing poise. The former Scarlet Knight looked at three pitches before swinging, but he simply ran out of gas. Frazier gave it his all and only swung at his pitch, but he could not get the ball out of the park.
With two outs left, Frazier finally hit a homer, but after Cespedes’ performance, one home run simply was not enough. It was a great run for the former Scarlet Knight who represented not only the NL, but Rutgers University and the state of New Jersey in the 2014 Home Run Derby.
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