The 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Break is upon us, which means it’s Home Run Derby time.
Or, rather, it was Home Run Derby time. The annual competition took place on Monday night, with the BetMGM online sportsbook providing classic MLB odds on the eight contestants.
Who Won the 2022 Home Run Derby?
Nationals outfielder Juan Soto defeated Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez in the final round of the 2022 Home Run Derby.
During their head-to-head championship matchup, Rodriguez batted first, hitting 18 home runs in the allotted time frame. Soto hit his 19th with half of his bonus time remaining.
Mets slugger Pete Alonso won each of the last two Derbies, which means the trophy will remain with a National League East player for another year.
Round by Round: What Were the 2022 Home Run Derby Results?
Juan Soto won the Derby partly because he had the most favorable path. Rodriguez hit a monstrous 81 bombs; Soto didn’t need to because he batted second and faced lesser competition.
2022 Home Run Derby: First Round Results
No. 6 Julio Rodríguez (32 homers) defeated No. 3 Corey Seager (24)
No. 2 Pete Alonso (20) defeated No. 7 Ronald Acuña Jr. (19)
No. 4 Juan Soto (18) defeated No. 5 José Ramírez (17)
No. 8 Albert Pujols (20) defeated No. 1 Kyle Schwarber (19) after tiebreaker
2022 Home Run Derby: Second Round Results
Julio Rodríguez (31) defeated Pete Alonso (24)
Juan Soto (16) defeated Albert Pujols (15)
2022 Home Run Derby: Final Round Result
Juan Soto (19) defeated Julio Rodríguez (18)
MLB Betting: The 2022 Home Run Derby Odds
Alonso was a big favorite to cap off his 3-Pete in the Home Run Derby odds market.
Alonso was +155 before the start of the Derby and had nearly 40% of the market handle at BetMGM.
Soto, which about 20% of the raw ticket market had backed, paid off bettors at 6-to-1.
You can see the full odds table below.
|MLB Athlete||BetMGM Odds||Ticket %||Handle %|
|Ronald Acuna Jr.||+700||10.7%||8.4%|
Who Sang the 2022 Home Run Derby National Anthem?
Singer-songwriter Conan Gray sang the national anthem at the 2022 Home Run Derby, which almost instantly became one of the most memorable parts of the evening.
In short, the internet didn’t love it.
I don’t know who TF Conan Gray is but that was top 5 worst national anthem renditions I’ve ever heard.
— Patrick Sheldon (@P_Shels) July 19, 2022
There are so many great singers in this country, it’s nearly impossible to have that bad of a national anthem.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 19, 2022
This dude with his baseball jersey tucked into his bell bottom jeans while butchering the national anthem is the most LA thing ever
— Keviñ (@ChikinChop) July 19, 2022
You can watch Conan Gray’s 2022 Home Run Derby National Anthem here:
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