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Giancarlo Stanton 'Barry Bonds Is a Beast But There Was No HR Derby'

3/17/2016 10:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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031716-giancarlo-stanton-barry-bonds-gettyGiancarlo Stanton says reports that Barry Bonds beat him in a secret home run derby are NOT TRUE -- though he does say the ex-MLB star can still crush the ball like a BEAST!!

We reached out to the Miami Marlins superstar to find out what REALLY went down at the Marlins practice facility on Wednesday. Here's what he told us:

"False!!! He was hitting homers with us but it wasn't a home run derby. He was on my team for hitting drills. He is still a beast. But no home run derby vs. me. Media is wrong."

"Their story is we were hitting extra at batting practice on the back fields off a curveball machine. Getting work in. 5 of us. Last round we split into groups to face each other in a situational hitting competition with imaginary runners on base and the losing team picks up the balls. Not a home run derby."

"We added Bonds to make it 3 on 3. Bonds was on my team. But the fact that he could jump in there and still hit homers is unreal. And crazy to watch."

"He's gone in there and hit with Dee Gordon before as well as during hitting drills. Doing the same it's just they tried to blow it up since I was there as if we were head to head and he beat me ha. Not even close."

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