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Giancarlo Stanton is the master of hitting beautiful home runs

Tuesday’s Say Hey Baseball is focused on the All-Star Game festivities and the fact that Giancarlo Stanton is the master of hitting baseballs really hard.

T-Mobile Home Run Derby Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

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Yoenis Cespedes is an extremely impressive home run hitter, and he proved it on two major occasions back in 2013 and 2014 when he won the Home Run Derby in both of those years. He slugged 62 dingers in the process of winning both. That is extremely impressive, but Giancarlo Stanton managed to turn both the 2016 Home Run Derby and Petco Park into his very own playground by not only winning the Derby, but hitting a whopping 61 homers in the process — just one less than the 62 it took for Cespedes to win two Derbies.

Granted, comparing the formats that Cespedes and Stanton won in would be like comparing Granny Smith apples to Red Delicious apples, but the performance that Stanton put on last night was magisterial. You could argue that there isn’t anybody better in baseball right now at hitting big, booming, picturesque homers than Stanton, and he proved it last night with some of the shots that he took on Monday night in San Diego.

Stanton hit homers into the upper deck. He hit them into the batter’s eye. He hit them over the batter’s eye. He hit them into the deepest depths of Petco Park. He even hit a couple of them completely out of Petco Park. If you were even in the general proximity of downtown San Diego on Monday night, you had a chance at catching a 2016 Home Run Derby ball off of the bat of Giancarlo Stanton. He may not be the league leader in home runs right now, but Stanton is definitely leading the universe in style points when it comes to smashing dingers.


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