Welcome to the 2017 Home Run Derby! It’s on ESPN.
That’s right, it’s that annual night of the year where we watch a bunch of big dudes take batting practice and pretend to be entertained. Every year I usually joke that I’m playing “The Home Run Derby Drinking Game”, the only rule of which is that you keep drinking until the Home Run Derby is actually entertaining.
This year, however, I’m actually pretty excited. The field is stacked with young sluggers, including our very own Miguel Sano!
The new format that debuted last year has also made the derby faster and more entertaining. Contestants are actually timed now, so they can’t just sit around watching balls fly by them forever.
The contest is also bracketed now, instead of just whoever hits the most home runs in round one, two, etc. Miguel Sano—who was seeded fifth—will face Mike Moustakas—who was seeded fourth—in the first round. If Sano advanced, he will face with Giancarlo Stanton or Gary Sanchez (meaning he’ll probably face Giancarlo Stanton).
Giancarlo Stanton won the Home Run Derby last year at PetCo Park, which is famous for being hard to hit dingers at.
Here are the rest of the contestants in this year’s derby:
- Miguel Sano — Minnesota Twins, 21 HRs
- Aaron Judge — New York Yankees, 30 HRs
- Gary Sanchez — New York Yankees,13 HRs
- Mike Moustakas — Kansas City Royals, 25 HRs
- Giancarlo Stanton — Miami Marlins, 26 HRs
- Cody Bellinger — Los Angeles Dodgers, 25 HRs
- Justin Bour — Miami Marlins, 20 HRs
- Charlie Blackmon — Colorado Rockies, 21 HRs
What I do NOT know is if the Marlins Park Home Run sculpture, a.k.a. the Dinger Machine, will go off after ever home run. I sincerely hope so—feels like that thing was created for this very night.
Who do you think will win the Home Run Derby?
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