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Kenny Pickett Wins Steelers Home Run Derby for 2nd Straight Year



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For the second year in a row, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett is the Home Run King. Pickett won the 2023 Steelers home run derby, which is an annual training camp tradition at Saint Vincent College. Mike Tomlin presented Pickett with a ceremonial bat for winning the derby.

Pickett played baseball in high school at Oakhurst (N.J.) Ocean Township, so it’s not surprising that he excels on the diamond. Pickett also comes from an athletic family. Pickett’s dad, Ken, was a Hall of Fame linebacker at Shippensburg, while his mom Kasey Pickett played soccer at Kutztown, and his sister Alex did the same at East Stroudsburg.

In July, Pickett hit two home runs and won MVP at Cam Heyward’s celebrity softball game at Wild Things Park. Hitting dingers is just a common thing for Pickett apparently.

Some of the recent past winners of the Steelers home run derby are Larry Foote (2012), Greg Warren (2013), Dan Molls (2014), Ben Roethlisberger (2015), Sammie Coates (2016), Colin Holba (2017) and Matt Feiler (2018). Dating back to 2012, Pickett is the first player to win the home derby in back-to-back years. The Steelers home run derby was canceled in 2019 after the passing of wide receivers coach Darryl Drake. It was also canceled in 2020 and 2021, as training camp was held at Heinz Field due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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