June 13, 2021

The 10 best Home Run Derby performances of all time (ESPN)


This would have been the opening week for Major League Baseball, but instead we wait for normalcy to return. In the meantime, you can get your baseball fix by checking out some past Home Run Derbies on ESPN2 (March 26, starting at 6 p.m. ET) — you can rewatch all the theatrics of the 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 derbies.

Sounds like a good time to list the top 10 Home Run Derby performances:

1. Josh Hamilton (2008). In the final season of the old Yankee Stadium, Hamilton was in the midst of a breakout season in his first year with the Texas Rangers, and he told reporters he wanted to launch one out of the ballpark. “You know that little opening [in right field], right there where you can see the subway?” Hamilton joked. “Watch out.”

He didn’t reach the subway tracks, but Hamilton’s first-round performance became legendary. He belted 28 home runs, including a mesmerizing 13 in 13 swings at one point. Seven went at least 500 feet, including a 518-foot blast off the back wall of the bleachers. To put Hamilton’s performance into even more awe-inspiring perspective, none of the other…

Read “The 10 best Home Run Derby performances of all time” at ESPN