David Ortiz Wins 2010 Home Run Derby
Runner-up Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins tied Ortiz with 21 homers in the first two rounds. Ramirez hit nine in the first round, while Ortiz hit eight to sit behind early leader Corey Hart's 13. Ortiz hit 13 in the second round to qualify for the finals. Ramirez followed with 12, and when Corey Hart couldn't muster a single home run in the second round, it left the two Dominican natives to duke it out for the 2010 crown.
In the finals, Ramirez couldn't connect on more than one of his first five swings in the last round. He then found the range with three in a row but faded soon after, ultimately coming up short with just five in the last round. He hit a total of 26.
Ortiz took over the dominant role in the second round, going deep more than anyone else in the round and pulling most of his home runs out to right field.
The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera was the fourth semifinalist, but he immediately eliminated himself with just a five-homer second round after belting seven in the first.
The Brewers' Corey Hart was the man after jumping out to a big lead in the first round, but after a long delay before hitting in the second, the magic in his bat was gone.
Hart made a huge early splash and threatened to run away with the Derby in the first round, which is something that can happen now that homer totals from the first round carry over into the second.
Hart, the third batter of the competition, came up after Chris Young had gone deep once and Vernon Wells did it twice. Hart went on a spree, hitting five in succession out. Once in a groove, he went on to total the 13 which would stand as the best score in the first round.
The last three hitters were the last three qualifiers for the semifinals -- Ramirez, (nine), Ortiz (eight) and Cabrera (seven). Nick Swisher went out in the first round with just a four-spot.