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MLB Home Run Derby: Who Has the Most Home Runs in a Single Derby Ever?

The MLB Home Run Derby is unquestionably one of the sport’s most exciting spectacles. Since its inclusion in the annual All-Star Game festivities in 1985, the long ball has become a fan favorite.

The MLB Home Run Derby, which was first held in 2003, has seen several rule changes since it was first held in memory of the 1960s TV series that starred Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle.

From a single-elimination event to a multi-elimination tournament to a timed bracket, it’s gone through all these stages.

As a result of the new format’s ability to accommodate larger swings and higher totals, the vast majority of the records you’ll find below date from the last few years or so only.

Who Has the Most Home Runs in a Single Derby Ever

The record for the most home runs in a single MLB Home Run Derby was set by Bobby Abreu in 2005 at Comerica Park in Detroit when “outs” were replaced by a timed format.

Giancarlo Stanton, however, broke that record in the first year of the timed format by hitting 61 home runs at San Diego’s Petco Park.

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And although that total is still third all-time, the record, which was set by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at Progressive Field in Cleveland in 2019, is still 30 games ahead of it.

Guerrero Jr. set the all-time record but came up short in the Home Run Derby that year, losing to Pete Alonso by a score of 23–22.

Take a look at the top five in the following list.

PlayerTeamHRFieldYear
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Blue Jays91Progressive Field (Cleveland)2019
Pete AlonsoMets74Coors Field (Denver)2021
Giancarlo StantonMarlins61Petco Park (San Diego)2016
Joc PedersonDodgers60Progressive Field (Cleveland)2019
Trey ManciniOrioles59Coors Field (Denver)2021

Who has the most home runs in a single round?

Before the MLB Home Run Derby adopted a timed format, Josh Hamilton held the record for the most home runs in a single round, launching 28 during a stellar performance at Yankee Stadium in 2008.

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. surpassed Hamilton’s total during his record-breaking performance in 2019 by hitting 29 in the first round.

Later, when he faced Joc Pederson in the semifinals, who had also hit 39 home runs, he broke that record by smashing 40 in that round.

Pederson and Guerrero Jr. had multiple swing-offs as they continued to match one another, so those two totals exist. Despite this, home runs are still important.

Pete Alonso, who hit 35 home runs in the first round of the MLB Home Run Derby in 2021 at Coors Field, would have held the single-round record if swing-offs had not been used.

PlayerTeamHRFieldYear, Round
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Blue Jays40Progressive Field (Cleveland)2019, Semifinals
Joc PedersonDodgers39Progressive Field (Cleveland)2019, Semifinals
Pete AlonsoMets35Coors Field (Denver)2021, 1st Round
Juan SotoNationals31Coors Field (Denver)2021, 1st Round
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Blue Jays29Progressive Field (Cleveland)2019, 1st Round

Who has the most career home runs in the MLB Home Run Derby?

The two-time champion Pete Alonso, who has hit 131 home runs in two appearances, currently holds the record for the most career home runs in the MLB Home Run Derby.

And when he defends his championship on Monday night at Dodger Stadium, that number will only increase.

Here are the top 10 so you can see some names that aren’t just from the most recent seasons.

PlayerTeam(s)HRYears
Pete AlonsoMets1312019, 2021
Joc PedersonDodgers992015, 2019
Todd FrazierReds, White Sox912014-2016
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Blue Jays912019
Giancarlo StantonMarlins832014, 2016-2017
Prince FielderBrewers, Tigers812009, 2012
David OrtizRed Sox772004-2006, 2010-2011
Albert PujolsCardinals, Angels712003, 2007, 2009, 2015
Ken Griffey Jr.Mariners, Reds701990, 1992-1994, 1997-2000
Bryce HarperNationals692013, 2018

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