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Home Run Derby 2019: Participants, lineup, schedule, TV channel for MLB All-Star event | Sporting News

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.

Contestant Team 2019 HRs*
Christian Yelich Brewers 31
Pete Alonso Mets 28
Josh Bell Pirates 26
Alex Bregman Astros 23
Joc Pederson Dodgers 20
Ronald Acuna Jr. Braves 20
Carlos Santana Indians 19
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.

Year Player Team
2018 Bryce Harper Washington
2017 Aaron Judge NY Yankees
2016 Giancarlo Stanton Miami
2015 Todd Frazier Cincinnati
2014 Yoenis Cespedes Oakland
2013 Yoenis Cespedes Oakland
2012 Prince Fielder Detroit
2011 Robinson Cano NY Yankees
2010 David Ortiz Boston
2009 Prince Fielder Milwaukee
2008 Justin Morneau Minnesota
2007 Vladimir Guerrero LA Angels
2006 Ryan Howard Philadelphia
2005 Bobby Abreu Philadelphia
2004 Miguel Tejada Baltimore
2003 Garret Anderson Anaheim
2002 Jason Giambi NY Yankees
2001 Luis Gonzalez Arizona
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
1993 Juan Gonzalez Texas
1992 Mark McGwire Oakland
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
1985 Dave Parker Cincinnati

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