Howard shows off his power

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Good luck to you, Ryan Howard.

A crowd of 38,702 at PNC Stadium cheered the Philadelphia Phillies first baseman for winning the Century 21 home run derby last night.

Look what winning did to Phillies outfielder Bobby Abreu, who hit 41 -- not a typo -- a year ago in Detroit. Since last year's event at Comerica Park, he has hit 14 homers in 557 at-bats.

Howard outhomered David Wright, the New York Mets third baseman, 5-4 in the final. Howard's fifth homer was a moonshot to right field.

The two young pups, Wright and Howard, advanced to the final with 18 homers apiece. Miguel Cabrera of the Florida Marlins (15) and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox (13) were eliminated in the semi-final.

Troy Glaus of the Blue Jays managed one homer, a 450-foot blast to left and was eliminated in the first round. Also eliminated in the first round were Jermaine Dye of the Chicago White Sox (seven homers), Miguel Tejada of the Baltimore Orioles (three) and Lance Berkman of the Houston Astros (three).

"Looking at some of those numbers ... 24 by Bobby Abreu, 17 by David Ortiz in a single round, who knows how many someone will hit," Glaus said in the afternoon.

Glaus, who didn't hit any home runs when he competed in the event in 2001 as a member of the Anaheim Angels, knows his home run derby history. Asked whether he, as a right-handed hitter, would be at a disadvantage with it ranging 378 to 410 feet to left centre and 320 to 375 to right, Glaus was quick to answer.

"What year was it in Fenway Park, 1999, didn't Ken Griffey win that year? There was a left-handed hitter winning in a park which favours a right-handed hitter," Glaus said.

Griffey beat Milwaukee's Jeromy Burnitz. Griffey had 16 homers in all three rounds and beat Burnitz 3-2 in the final that year.

The most homers hit by eight different Jays -- including Jesse Barfield, George Bell, Joe Carter (twice), Shawn Green and Glaus -- remains Carlos Delgado's first of two appearances when he hit six at Turner Field in 2000.


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