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New York Mets' Pete Alonso wins 2019 MLB Home Run Derby

July 8 (UPI) -- New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso blasted 23 homers in the final round to win the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Alonso outlasted Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to claim the Derby trophy and $1 million prize. He became the third rookie ever to win the Home Run Derby, joining co-champ Wally Joyner (1986) and Aaron Judge (2017).

Alonso, who has a base salary of $555,000 this season, said he would donate 10 percent of his winnings between two charities.

"That was a blast. I'm going to remember that for the rest of my life," Alonso said. "I have the utmost respect for the people that put their lives on the line every single day. I just want to show my gratitude because a bad day for me is a lot different than a bad day for the servicemen and women that serve this country."

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Can't beat Pete! #HRDerby. pic.twitter.com/BdLNgtP952— All-Star Game (@AllStarGame) July 9, 2019

Guerrero blasted a record 91 homers in the competition but slowed down in the last round due to fatigue. The rookie slugger had 22 home runs in the final round but posted a single-round record 40 homers to beat Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson in a marathon semifinal matchup.

Guerrero edged Pederson 40-39 in the semis after three tiebreakers. The Blue Jays third baseman had set the single-round record in the first round with 29 long balls before breaking that mark later in the night.

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Alonso defeated Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr., who beat Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Josh Bell during the first round, in the semifinals. Alonso launched his 20th homer of the round over the trees in center field to edge Acuna's 19.

Guerrero had the longest home run of the night with a 488-foot blast in the second round.

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Pete Alonso of the New York Mets wins MLB Home Run Derby

New York Mets' Pete Alonso (20) holds the MLB All-Star Game Home Run Derby trophy after winning the competition. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Alonso (20) celebrates with cousin Derek Morgan, a former collegiate infielder that pitched to Alonso during his win in the final round. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Alonso (20) hits a homer during the final round. He became the third rookie ever to win the Home Run Derby, joining co-champ Wally Joyner (1986) and Aaron Judge (2017). Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Alonso, who has a base salary of $555,000 this season, said he would donate 10 percent of his million-dollar winnings to two charities. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hits 29 homers during round two. Guerrero blasted a record 91 homers in the competition but slowed down in the last round due to fatigue. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Guerrero (R) hugs Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson (31) during the semifinal round. Guerrero edged Pederson 40-39 in the semis after three tie-breakers. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Guerrero is congratulated by Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. Guerrero had the longest home run of the night with a 488-foot blast in the second round. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Players cheer Guerrero as he hits 29 homers during round two. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Pederson participates during the semifinal round. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana warms up. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Santana hits a homer. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Baseball fans reach for a home run ball from Santana. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte watches the game with his son Keyden Marte. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Washington Nationals' pitcher Max Scherzer arrives to watch the game with his daughter Brooklyn. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Oakland Athletics' Matt Chapman connects. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. hits the ball. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Acuna at bat. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell competes. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Houston Astros' Alex Bregman (2) is greeted by Pederson (31). Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Bregman makes contact. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

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