The Home Run Derby has been an iconic part of MLB All-Star week for decades, but as long balls spike around the majors, it perhaps holds greater status today.
Good hitters and home run hitters are becoming increasingly synonymous in modern baseball, and the event now showcases some of the purest swings in addition to the most powerful. Cody Bellinger and Josh Bell, for example, are among the league’s leaders in batting average and homers. They’ll each be part of the eight-player tournament field.
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This season, the event will take place Monday, July 9, at 8 p.m. ET at Cleveland’s Progressive Field.
Here’s all the information you need regarding the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby:
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When is Home Run Derby 2019?
The Home Run Derby is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9, at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
What TV channel will broadcast Home Run Derby 2019?
ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby. The network will also stream the event online on WatchESPN.com and through the WatchESPN app. A tape-delayed broadcast of the annual celebrity softball game will follow.
Home Derby 2019 full lineup, participants
Six of the eight participants have been announced so far. Tournament seeds and matchups have not yet been finalized.
|Ronald Acuna Jr.||Braves||20|
|Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||Blue Jays||8|
*Through July 3
Home Run Derby format, rules
An eight-player, three-round, single-elimination tournament will determine the Home Run Derby champion. First-round matchups are based on regular-season home run totals; Yelich, who leads MLB in home runs, will be the No. 1 seed and face the competitor with the least amount of long balls in the opening round.
Players will have four minutes in each round to hit as many home runs as possible. They will receive 30 additional seconds in a round if they notch at least two home runs that travel more than 440 feet.
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Ties will be broken by a 90-second swing-off.
Home Run Derby winners
The last time Cleveland held the Home Run Derby (1997), Tino Martinez claimed the championship. He hit 16 homers in that competition, which followed a different format.
|2017||Aaron Judge||NY Yankees|
|2011||Robinson Cano||NY Yankees|
|2007||Vladimir Guerrero||LA Angels|
|2002||Jason Giambi||NY Yankees|
|2000||Sammy Sosa||Chi Cubs|
|1999||Ken Griffey Jr.||Seattle|
|1998||Ken Griffey Jr.||Seattle|
|1997||Tino Martinez||NY Yankees|
|1996||Barry Bonds||San Francisco|
|1995||Frank Thomas||Chi White Sox|
|1994||Ken Griffey Jr.||Seattle|
|1991||Cal Ripken Jr.||Baltimore|
|1990||Ryne Sandberg||Chi Cubs|
|1989||Eric Davis (tie)||Cincinnati|
|1989||Ruben Sierra (tie)||Texas|
|1988||No Derby; rain|
|1987||Andre Dawson||Chi Cubs|
|1986||Wally Joyner (tie)||California|
|1986||Darryl Strawberry (tie)||NY Mets|