LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He may be an established major leaguer and an All-Star starter, but for years Todd Frazier was about as well known for being a key part of a Little League World Series Champion with his hometown team from Toms River, New Jersey. He may have surpassed that thrill with a stirring long-ball show at Great American Ballpark Monday night.
There was a new format this year in the Major League Home Run Derby. Rather than getting ten outs and competing against the field, it was a bracket format, man against man for four minutes each.
Frazier, the former Louisville Bat current Cincinnati Red got the home folks going at Great American Ballpark by rallying late to edge two-time champion Prince Fielder 14-13 in one of the first-round match-ups.
In the semi-finals, Frazier got within one of Josh Donaldson, went about a minute without a homer, and then connected on his final two swings as time ran out to beat the Blue Jays third baseman 10-9.
But he saved his best for last.
Frazier made another late run in the final, tying Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson at 14. Tuesday's starting third-baseman for the National League then won it with his first swing in extra time, sending the red-clan home fans into a frenzy. He was runner-up last year. This year he took home the champion's belt.
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