New York Daily News



SAN DIEGO – Petco Park could not contain Giancarlo Stanton in Monday night’s Home Run Derby. The way the Marlins’ slugger was hitting, Yellowston­e Park could not have held him, either.

Stanton put on one of the most impressive displays in the event’s history, crushing 61 home runs over three rounds. A whopping 38 of them traveled 440 feet or farther, a power display of epic proportion­s.

“I grew up watching this,” Stanton said. “That’s where you built it up, childhood memories. Now I will have kids saying the same thing.”

Defending champion Todd Frazier did his best to win for a second straight year, but he fell in the finals, unable to better Stanton’s 20 in the championsh­ip round.

“He was hitting moon shots,” Frazier said. “I felt like I was a high school hitter compared to him the way he was hitting them.”

Neither Stanton nor Frazier made this year’s All-Star Game, but they outlasted six All-Stars en route to the finals.

“Being on the West Coast, taking the flight out here just for this, I figured it was a waste if I didn’t bring this bad boy home,” Stanton said.

Despite Petco Park’s reputation as a pitcher-friendly ballpark, Padres All-Star first baseman Wil Myers predicted a power-packed night.

“They put up a couple new buildings in the backdrop that I believe helps the ball fly,” Myers said before the event. “So I think tonight is going to be a pretty good show. I think you’re going to see a lot of long home runs.”

It’s hard to believe the buildings had as much to do with what took place as Stanton’s massive frame and hulk-like strength.

Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo opened the night by ousting Corey Seager of the Dodgers in the first round, but the real show had yet to begin.

Stanton launched one tape-measure shot after another during his first round, hitting 24 home runs on his 30 swings. According to MLB’s Statcast, Stanton’s longest blast went an amazing 497 feet, while his average home run measured in at 444.4 feet.

To earn an extra 30 seconds of bonus time, a player needed to hit two home runs measured at 440 feet or more. Stanton hit 13. In the first round.

Robinson Cano, the ex-Yankee who won the event in Arizona in 2011, managed only seven homers, though it hardly seemed to matter given Stanton’s prodigious exhibition.

Myers was hoping to make it back-toback years with a hometown winner after Frazier – then of the Reds – won the Derby in Cincinnati a year ago. But Myers managed only 10 homers, getting knocked out when Adam Duvall of the Reds hit his 11th.

Frazier was the final slugger to advance to the second round, edging Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies, 13-12, with his final homer coming nine seconds before the buzzer.

Stanton was the first to hit in the semifinals, belting 17 home runs – 14 of them going 440 feet or longer, including the titanic 497-foot blast.

Trumbo gave it his best, but his 14 homers in the semis were not enough to get past Stanton, who averaged 460.7 feet per home run in the second round.

Duvall hit 15 to start the other semifinal, presenting a challenge for Frazier to reach the finals to defend his crown. He had 12 with a minute to go, but he blasted three straight homers to tie Duvall, then hit a line drive to left that barely cleared the wall, leaving 31 seconds on the clock as he moved on to face Stanton.

But Stanton continued his barrage on the outfield seats – and the Western Metal Supply Co. building down the left-field line – launching 20 homers in his third and final round.

Frazier put forth a valiant effort in defeat, hitting 13 for a three-round total of 42.

Will Stanton try to defend his title next season even if he’s not an All-Star?

“Next year it’s at home,” said Stanton, correctly noting the 2017 All-Star Game will be at Marlins Park. “Pretty good chance.”

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