The field for the annual All-Star Home Run Derby has been set, and our very own Adam Duvall will participate. It’s the third straight year that a Red has competed in the event. Duvall is the #3 seed:

The lineup for the 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby has been announced, and it’s one high-powered eight-cylinder slew of sluggers, an awesome octet that should light up the San Diego night on Monday at Petco Park (8 p.m. ET on ESPN and MLB.com), leading into Tuesday’s 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX). Six of the Derby participants will participate in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, and the field will get a boost from a pair of wild cards: defending champion Todd Frazier and Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton comes in on a roll. He blasted four homers in four at-bats on July 5-6, with the capper of that amazing feat (only 39 other players have done it) being the 200th long ball of his still-young career. Frazier, who won the 2015 Derby at Great American Ball Park as a Cincinnati Reds hometown hero and will now try to defend as a member of the Chicago White Sox.

Speaking of local legends, Padres star Wil Myers has a chance to win the hardware in front of his home fans. He’s in his first Derby, as are Adam Duvall of the Reds and rookie Corey Seager of the Dodgers.

I’m really glad to see that our old friend Todd Frazier, the defending champ (as you may recall), was asked to participate despite not being selected to the American League All-Star team. Now Redleg Nation has two players to root for.

13 Responses

  1. jp

    And wouldn’t you know it, MLB.com has already updated MLB Derby to Include Adam Duvall.

  2. CI3J

    How ironic would it be if the final comes down to Frazier vs Duvall?

    Especially since both are associated with our Cincinnati Reds, a team with the 24th worst SLG% in all of baseball at the time of this writing.

    • Chad Dotson

      Unfortunately, I think Duvall and Frazier would meet in the semifinals if they both advance past the first round. I was hoping they’d meet in the finals, too.

  3. CaribRed

    My dream is that he wins. The dream after that is we don’t make the same mistake we made with Frazier. Trade him while his value is highest.

  4. mdhabel

    I like how Giancarlo is described as a Statcast God. Also, I just saw he hit 4 HRs in 5 at-bats this week. That is impressive.

    • Patrick Jeter

      The man can sure swing the bat hard.

      I think both his homers in the game the other day were hit harder than every ball hit by every Red this year.

  5. WVRedlegs

    That Home Run Derby jinx/slump hit Frazier hard last year after the all-star game. Duvall should withdraw from this event now. It does him and the team no good.
    Ego vs. common sense and ego, unfortunately, is winning out.
    Has the Reds front office not learned a thing??

    • VaRedsFan

      Count me in as well. Don’t forget how bad Joc Pederson was also in the 2nd half.
      It’s almost becoming mythical.(SI Cover Jinx / Madden Cover Jinx)

  6. TR

    The Home Run Derby I can take or leave. It’s little more than glorified batting practice.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Agreed. I was there last year and loved the Frazier moment. But consuming the event on TV is terrible. It’s bloated and Chris Berman makes the audio insufferable. Way too long. But it gets great ratings, so the longer the better for ESPN. Could totally do without it.

      Maybe wouldn’t mind a drastically shortened version that was combined with other skill-set competitions, like running from first to third, throwing accuracy, throwing strength, etc. Without Berman, of course.

      • VaRedsFan

        It actually was considerably shorter than last year, because it was timed.

      • Steve Mancuso

        Forgot about the timing. But isn’t it still a three-hour show? That’s about two hours too long for me.