Vlad is Junior No More

9 Jul

Jayson Stark of The Athletic has an appreciation of Vlad Guerrero Jr.’s monster Home Run Derby performance that will be remembered as the night he was Junior no more.

In his entire professional career, Guerrero had hit exactly 52 home runs — in more than 1,500 trips to the plate. And then he hit 91 home runs in three hours, in one Home Run Derby. And he didn’t even win.

He kicked off his evening with a 462-foot satellite launch off the humongous scoreboard that sits beyond the left-field stands. No one had whomped a baseball off that board in 22 years, since Mark McGwire did it. But Guerrero did just that — with his first swing.

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