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Reigning Champion Pete Alonso Makes Decision On Home Run Derby

New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso hits a baseball.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - JULY 14: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets hits a RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 14, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Reigning Home Run Derby champion Pete Alonso has officially announced his decision to defend his title in 2021.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday afternoon, "The Polar Bear" posted a teaser video for his participation in this year's event.

"I’m back. July 12th @ Coors Field. #LFGM," the caption reads.

With all All-Star Game festivities canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic last season, Alonso is the reigning Derby champion dating back to 2019.

During the last Derby event at Progressive Field in Cleveland, the New York Mets first baseman topped Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with a score of 23-22 in the final round. His 57 total home runs were the fourth most in Derby history as he became just the second rookie ever to win the title (behind Aaron Judge in 2017).

Compared to his rookie of the year season in 2019 where he knocked out a league-leading 53 homers, Alonso is have an off year in 2021. Through 58 games and 204 at bats, the third-year pro has just 11 home runs.

That being said, Alonso should still be a significant threat in this year's Derby. Coors Field has certainly been kind to the New York star in 2021, housing three of his 11 homers through six games this year.

So far, Alonso will be joined by two-way superstar and MVP candidate Shohei Ohtani, who currently holds a tie for the league lead in homers with 23.

Alonso will look to become just the fourth player in MLB history to win multiple Home Run Derby titles, and just the third to do so in back-to-back contests.