David Ortiz Wins Home Run Derby
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has been declared this year’s Home Run Derby king after outlasting Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the final round at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. Ortiz hit at least 11 homers in the last two rounds for a total of 32, beating Ramirez’s 26.
Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers started hot to lead the first round with 13 homers and advance to the second round along with Ramirez (9), Ortiz (8), and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who managed 7 homers.
The second round was an all together different story for Hart as he went blank while Ortiz and Ramirez had 13 and 12, respectively. Cabrera was also eliminated after hitting only 5 homers. Ortiz remained hot in the final round with 11 while Ramirez lost stem as he could only send five out of the field.
The victory was the first for Ortiz, who defeated a field that did not have some of the best sluggers in the MLB, including Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, and defending champion Prince Fielder. He also became only the second person to finish the final round in double figures. Ortiz said he was proud of what he achieved, especially after struggling at the start of the season.