We all dig the long ball, right? Yes, we do. And there isn’t much better than watching the best baseball players in the world try to hit a baseball 14 nautical miles. With the All-Star festivities taking place in Denver this year that might actually be possible, too.
At 8pm ET on ESPN there will be eight participants, including reigning champ Pete Alonso, trying to outslug and outlast the competition. There will be four matchups to begin things:
- Shohei Ohtani vs 8. Juan Soto
- Joey Gallo vs 7. Trevor Story
- Matt Olson vs 6. Trey Mancini
- Salvador Perez vs 5. Pete Alonso
The higher seed will go second in each round. Each player gets three minutes per round in the 1st and 2nd rounds, and the finals will be a round of two minutes. A player can get an addition 30 seconds at the end of their round if they hit a ball 475+ feet during the round.
Winning the home run derby can pay, and pay quite well. There’s $2,500,000 in prize money and the winner gets $1,000,000. That’s more money than Pete Alonso makes this year playing for the Mets.
All-Star Game Notes
The starting lineups have been announced and Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos are hitting back-to-back for the National League squad. Castellanos will be starting in right field and batting 5th. Winker will follow and start in left field.
Shohei Ohtani is starting the game for the American League as a pitcher AND as the designated hitter. Major League Baseball is changing the rules for the game to allow Ohtani to remain in the game as the designated hitter even once he is removed as a pitcher. Good. Great. Perfect.
Reds Draft Notes
Today was the second day of the draft and the Reds made nine picks between rounds two and ten this afternoon. If you want information on all of the selections, I’ve got you covered over at RedsMinorLeagues.com.