Earlier: There were some people who didn’t think Vlad Guerrero Jr. belonged in the Home Run Derby. They look foolish right about now.
Guerrero has only hit eight home runs thus far this season due to injuries, but the rookie slugger blasted 29 in the first round of tonight’s Derby. In doing so, he topped the previous record for most home runs in a single round, which was 28.
Josh Hamilton set that mark in 2008 at Yankee Stadium. Guerrero beat him with his final swing during his 30 seconds of bonus time.
29 homers in the first round for Vlad Guerrero Jr.
— ESPN (@espn) July 9, 2019
Incredibly, the Texas Rangers tweeted out video of Hamilton’s 2008 first round earlier today and wished “good luck” to any competitors on trying to beat his record.
Guerrero did just that.
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) July 8, 2019
This kid is only 20 years old too. Boy he’s gonna be fun to watch over the next decade (or two).
Now, we’ll get to see if Vlad Jr. has the stamina to win the event. One good round isn’t enough to finish the job.
Update: So far, so good. Vlad Jr. hit 29 again in the second round.
Update: Correction, he actually accumulated 40 in the second round after beating Joc Pederson 40-39 in triple-overtime.