Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. broke Josh Hamilton’s Home Run Derby record for most home runs in a single round, crushing 29 dingers ahead of Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman in their bracket matchup. Hamilton memorably hit 28 in the first round in the 2008 Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium. It was thought to be an unassailable record, so much so that the Rangers tweeted this out:
Guerrero, the No. 8 seed, made it look easy, hitting tape-measure homers to left and left-center field at Progressive Field in Cleveland, finishing regulation time with 24 dingers. He easily unlocked 30 extra seconds on account of hitting two home runs at least 440 feet. He, in fact, reached as far as 478 feet. With his bonus time, Guerrero added five dingers for 29 total, setting the new single-round record.
Best of luck to Chapman. That’s a heck of an act to have to follow.
Update: Guerrero followed up with an additional 29 homers, kicking off the second round in his bracket matchup with Joc Pederson. So he tied his own record. Ridiculous.
The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.
Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.
The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.
Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: