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Monday, July 13, 2015

Todd Frazier Home Run Derby Champ

Todd Frazier had his work cut out for him in every round but with a flair for the dramatic, he delighted the hometown crowd to win the 30th All-Star Home Run Derby.

Ken Griffey Jr., the only player to win the Home Run Derby three times, threw the first pitch with his father Ken Griffey Sr. of the Big Red Machine as his catcher.

After that it was fire works in a new bracketed format.

Anthony Rizzo was the leadoff hitter in the event as the sixth seed, pitted against Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Then Frazier bested Prince Fielder, Donaldson and rookie Joc Pederson with his 15th long ball in the final round to an uproar from the fans that elected him to the game with a flurry of late votes.
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"It was dramatic," Frazier said. "I had like one minute left to hit two or three. I thought I would have to be perfect."

Joc Pederson who defeated Manny Machado and Pujols with long home runs was fine with his effort.

"Frazier swung the bat great," Pederson said. "It was a great atmosphere."

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