[The Midsummer Classic is a great midpoint to the summer. It is a tradition that dates to 1933 and, in my opinion, is one of the best all-star formats in major professional sports (along with the MLS which, as many readers know, features the best players in North America against a top non-US team (for 2017, they will face Real Madrid).
The All-Star festivities kicks off on Monday night with the casual fan-favorite, the Home Run Derby. The game itself will be played Tuesday night. As readers get ready, MyESPNforKids Staff Writer Elliott Glass is here with a nice piece about the beloved long ball competition.]
Baseball fans love the Home Run Derby. On Monday, June 10, the 2017 Home Run Derby will be held in Miami at Marlins Stadium. The start time for this annual slugfest will be 8PM ET/7PM CT. The participants in the Home Run Derby will be:
- Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
- Justin Bour, Miami Marlins
- Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
- Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
- Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
- Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
- Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
Some baseball analysts say that after the Derby the players swing gets hurt. This view is a result of the fact that many of the participants in the Home Derby have under-performed during the second half of the season. With Miami and New York both having two players in the contest, their fans are hoping that it is not the case.
In looking at the eight player, it seems clear that three players have the best chance to win. First, you have Giancarlo Stanton, the hitting expert for the Marlins. In addition, there is Aaron Judge, the biggest story for the Yankees during the first half of 2017. Finally, there is late entrant and 3rd baseman for the red hot Kansas City Royals, Mike Moustakas.
The Royals have not had a player in the Home Run Derby since 1991. The player was: Danny “The Bull” Tartabull. He hit two home runs. Cal Ripken, Jr, the future Hall of Famer and great author of books on baseball for kids (Junior All-Star Series), hit 12 home runs for top honors. Will Moose do better than the Bull?
The Home Run Derby should be a lot of fun for kids and adults alike. We would love to hear from readers about their pick for the top home run hitter on Monday night. My pick is Mike Moustakas.