Seager’s 15 first-round homers in Home Run Derby are a Dodger best
By Cary Osborne
For the second consecutive season, a Dodger rookie — not too far out of his teen years — reached the teens in the first round of the All-Star Game Home Run Derby.
Corey Seager consistently hit balls on a line to right field and finished with 15 home runs in the first round, one year after Joc Pederson represented the Dodgers with 13 homers.
The 15 homers passed Pederson for the most by a Dodger in the first round of a Home Run Derby.
Pederson managed to get out of the first round in Cincinnati in 2015, but Seager didn’t.
The eighth seed out of eight participants, Seager was defeated by the Major League home runs leader Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo.
Trumbo took his allotted timeout after eight home runs, then hit home runs nine through 16 in succession — the 16th eliminating the 22-year-old Dodger rookie from the competition.
Seager hit 12 homers in the four minutes and earned 30 extra seconds with a 449- and 454 foot home run. He added three more in the extra 30 seconds. His combined home runs traveled more than a mile — 6,091 feet — and averaged 406 feet.
Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton defeated defending champion Todd Frazier in the finals 20 home runs to 13. Stanton peppered the left and center field of Petco Park, hitting 61 total home runs, including a mammoth 497-foot shot.