Everyone loves the home run derby, right? If not why did you click the link to read this? Tonight the home run derby will take place in Los Angeles. You can watch it at 8pm ET on ESPN. There are eight players that will be stepping into the batters box tonight, and it’s an interesting group.
Pete Alonso is the 2-time defending champion and he’s coming back. He’ll face off against Ronald Acuna Jr. in the first round. Top seed, and Middletown legend Kyle Schwarber will take on baseball legend Albert Pujols in the first round. Juan Soto will face Jose Ramirez in their first round match up. Then we’ll get to see star Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez face off against Corey Seager in the last match up in the first round.
There’s a lot of fun with the home run derby, and it’s not always the winner that is the most remembered aspect. You’ve got Ken Griffey Jr. hitting the warehouse in Baltimore, Josh Hamilton putting on an absolute show at Yankee Stadium, Mark McGwire hitting baseballs to New York when he was standing at the plate in Fenway, Todd Frazier going on a run against the clock to win in his home ballpark right before he then went on twitter and blocked half of Cincinnati. The list goes on and on.
How many home runs a player hits is fun. But how far a guy hits a home run is sometimes just as fun. When these guys are out there hitting 475+ foot home runs out of ballparks or into areas of ballparks that never see baseballs land it’s a real joy. Unless you hate having fun, that is.
Who do you think is going to win? Who’s going to hit the furthest home run? How many home runs will Albert Pujols hit in the first round?
My picks? Juan Soto wins it, Ronald Acuna Jr. hits a home run to the moon, and Albert Pujols hits 9 home runs in the first round.