Rutgers alumni are on a hot streak. Just weeks after Carli Lloyd led the U.S. to the Women's World Cup title, Todd Frazier won a thrilling Home Run Derby in front of his hometown crowd in Cincinnati.
Frazier won each of his three rounds in walk-off fashion. In the opening round, Frazier defeated two-time champion Prince Fielder, 14-13, before walloping two dingers in his final two swings to defeat Josh Donaldson, 10-9, in the semis.
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In the final, Frazier followed a 14-homer performance by rookie Joc Pederson with 15 bombs himself to take home the 2015 crown. Making the victory even more special for Frazier, he finished second to Yoenis Cespedes last year.
Let's hope the supposed "Home Run Derby Curse" doesn't affect Frazier's second half, as he is in the conversation for NL MVP.
Frazier, a native of Toms River, New Jersey, will start at third base and hit in the two-hole for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game.