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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Caleb Joseph won the home run derby on July 9 at New Britain Stadium in Connecticut.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Caleb Joseph won the home run derby on July 9 at New Britain Stadium in Connecticut.

Published on: Monday, July 15, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

Bowie Baysox catcher Caleb Joseph hit four home runs July 9 to win the Eastern League’s Home Run Derby at New Britain Stadium in Connecticut.

The 27-year-old slugger entered the competition last Tuesday night with 15 home runs, which placed him tied at second place in the league.

“I don’t really hit a ton of home runs in batting practice to be honest with you,” Joseph said. “I have not perfected this swing, but I think when you hit a certain age, you really know how you need to put your body in position to hit consistently to give you a chance for better opportunities.”

Joseph’s four homers tallied 310 points. Points varied on the distance where a ball was hit the outfield. A player could earn up to 50 points for a home run.

Harrisburg Senator Steven Souza Jr. was down by 40 points when he stepped up to his final appearance at the plate. He hit a ball deep to center field, but it wasn’t enough to top Joseph.

Joseph has participated in previous home run derbies, but he did not fare as well. Joseph was an alternate in the 2003 New York-Penn League midsummer classic — a performance he called “hilarious.”

“I had never really hit a lot of home runs at that time. I went up there trying to hit the ball to the moon and I was terrible. ... The closest home run I got was like 30 feet foul,” he said. “So I went up this year to take a different approach and not really lift on it and really tried to chop down on the ball for a natural swing. Hey, it worked.”

Joseph took the Home Run Derby trophy, a $100 Dunkin Donuts gift card and bragging rights back to Prince George’s County.

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