Pete Alonso’s $1-million Home Run Derby prize was more than his entire 2021 salary

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The Polar Bear is leaving Denver $1 million richer. Former National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso put on a surgical performance in Monday night’s Home Run Derby, defending his 2019 title by defeating sentimental favorite Trey Mancini (who missed the entire 2020 season while undergoing chemotherapy for colon cancer) in the final. The Mets slugger left no doubt, wowing the 40,000+ fans in attendance at Coors Field with 74 breathtaking homers, several of them traveling in excess of 500 feet.

Alonso’s reward, besides a trophy presented by Hall-of-Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (who won the last Home Run Derby at Coors Field back in 1998) and an elaborate gold chain, was $1 million, which, remarkably, is more than the 26-year-old’s entire 2021 salary. Alonso, who won’t be arbitration-eligible until this winter, is due a modest $676,775 in 2021, making him one of baseball’s top bargains.

Alonso will get paid soon enough and luckily for him, owner Steve Cohen has not been shy about opening up his checkbook, as evidenced by New York’s $196.83 million payroll this season, third-highest in MLB behind the Dodgers and Yankees. Either way, it’s incredible Alonso has pocketed almost as much cash in two Home Run Derby appearances ($2 million) as he has in his three seasons with the Mets ($2.08 million).

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