That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Some of the biggest and brightest baseball stars at tonight’s midseason classic

Philadelphia Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber (12) took his hacks last night representing the National League at the All Star Home Run Derby at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on Mon Jul 18, 2022. This photo came from Wed Jul 6, 2022 game against the Washington Nationals (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Amaury the 2022 All Star Game saw some of the most exciting players in baseball Monday night during the Home Run Derby.

#2 Just going over some of the names that participated in the Home Run Derby from the Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Schwarber .208 70 hits, 28 homers and 58 RBIs. Schwarber a former Chicago Cub has been a big help for the Phillies.

#3 It’s the last and final season for the St Louis Cardinals Albert Pujols who’ll be retiring after this season so far Pujols is hitting .215, 32 hits, 6 homers and 20 RBIs and he be swung for extra money Monday night.

#4 Juan Soto who is at the All Star game said he’s uncomfortable answering questions about his future status with the Washington Nationals. Soto who recently was offered a 15 year $440 million contract which he rejected.

#5 Amaury, the Cleveland Guardians Jose Ramirez also was at the Derby last night is hitting .288 with 95 hits, 19 home runs and 75 RBIs Ramirez is having a great season.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish radio voice for the Oakland A’s heard on flagship station Le Grande 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Soto Doesn’t Turn Down Home Run Crown: Nationals’ slugger wins Derby over impressive Rodriguez

Winner of the 2022 Home Run Derby before the All Star Game at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles the Washington Nationals Juan Soto is shown taking a hack during the contest on Mon Jul 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Morris Phillips

LOS ANGELES–These days with baseball sluggers more capable, and itching to show their wares, you’ve got to do a little more to win the T-Mobile Home Run Derby.

Just ask Julio Rodriguez. The Mariners’ 21-year old, breakout star hit 81 homers, knocked off the two-time defending champion Pete Alonso, and still came up short–by one home run–as Washington’s Juan Soto captured the title at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

The 23-year old Soto vowed he would win it, but he would have been surprised to know that he would have to get past fellow Dominicans Rodriguez and Albert Pujols to do it. Both Rodriguez and Pujols were surprise advancers as sluggers Kyle Schwarber and Corey Seager both took early exits.

Rodriguez started the competition with 32 homers against Seager, as he took advantage of not only his power but the positioning of the sun and shadows to start the event. He then came back and eliminated Alonso with 31 homers, as the defending champ could never seem to string together big flies and gather momentum. Alonso was eliminated with just 23 homers despite earning the full minute of bonus slugging.

Meanwhile, Soto gained momentum as the event progressed, first knocking off the Guardians’ Jose Ramirez, then taking down Pujols, who was the surprise, first round winner over Schwarber. By the third round, and Soto’s third as the finishing competitor already knowing what his opponent had done. Against Rodriguez, Soto patiently pursued the younger sluggers’ 18 blasts, and then made up the final four home runs needed in his bonus minute.

“It feels amazing. It feels tiring. I just tried to concentrate to square off the balls because I know I have the power,” Soto said.

Speculation is that Soto will be traded after turning down the Nationals’ offer of $440 million dollars over 13 seasons. That move, which will likely involve a bid or inquiry from the Giants, could happen in the coming weeks.

“Right now I’m not even thinking about it. I’m a champion, and I will be a champion for the Nationals,” he said.