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Former Rutgers star comes up short in Home Run Derby

Former Rutgers standout Todd Frazier came close in his attempt to capture a second straight Home Run Derby title, but alas, it was not to be. This year, Frazier ran up against an incredible performance by Giancarlo Stanton, who hit an incredible 61 home runs.

In his initial rounds, Frazier topped Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez, and squeaked by Cincinnati’s Adam Duval, to place him in the final round of the Home Run Derby for a third consecutive year.

In the end, could not stop the steamroller that was Stanton of the Miami Marlins who hit 61 total bombs.

As the defending champ, Frazier was popular in the events leading up to last evening’s events. He even took part in some virtual home run hitting, as mentioned by the White Sox in their tweet this past winter:

In the end, Stanton topped Frazier 20-13, and took the crown away. It was a stellar performance, and Frazier could not muster another comeback similar to the one last year that propelled him to the top.

However, Frazier remains a fan favorite among White Sox fans: