Eight of baseball’s very best sluggers will take their hacks in the Home Run Derby 2017 at Marlins Park on Monday night. Thanks to the new format implemented two years ago, the Home Run Derby has regained a lot of luster and is genuinely exciting again. It had gotten stale under the old format.
Here’s how you can watch the Home Run Derby on Monday.
Date: Monday, July 10
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Now that you know how to watch Monday’s event, here are four things to know about the 2017 Home Run Derby.
The new format remains in place.
Under the current format, the eight players are seeding 1-8 and meet head-to-head in a bracket style tournament. Each player gets four minutes to hit as many home runs as possible, though they can earn bonus time in various ways:
During the final minute, the clock stops when a player hits a home run and does not restart until a swing results in a non-homer. That gives the player a chance to hit multiple home runs with the clock stopped.
Players who hit two home runs at least 440 feet earn 30 seconds of bonus time. The clock does not stop during the 30
Each player has one 45-second time out in the first and second round. In the finals, each player gets a 45-second and 30-second timeout.
So, in theory, the Home Run Derby could never end if a player keeps hitting home runs with the clock stopped in the final minute. Intrigue!
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will have the opportunity to defend his 2016 Home Run Derby title in front of his home crowd as Miami will play host for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game and Home Run Derby.
The field of contestants has been finalized (see HR Derby bracket below) and Stanton is among the favorites to win.
Stanton won the 2016 Home Run Derby by hitting 20 home runs in the final round to defeat 2015 champion Todd Frazier. Frazier won the derby in the first year of the competition’s new format, in which contestants compete in a single-elimination, three-round bracket with timed rounds.
Stanton had the 20 hardest hit home runs in last year’s Home Run Derby, according to MLB.com.
When is the 2017 Home Run Derby?
The 2017 Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, July 10, at 8 p.m. ET in Miami.
How can I watch the MLB Home Run Derby live?
ESPN will broadcast the 2017 Home Run Derby live.
How can I stream the Home Run Derby online?
You can live stream the Home Run Derby on the WatchESPN app.
Home Run Derby participants
Miguel Sano — Minnesota Twins, 21 HRs
Aaron Judge — New York Yankees, 30 HRs
Gary Sanchez — New York Yankees,13 HRs
Mike Moustakas — Kansas City Royals, 25 HRs
Giancarlo Stanton — Miami Marlins, 26 HRs
Cody Bellinger — Los Angeles Dodgers, 25 HRs
Justin Bour — Miami Marlins, 20 HRs
Charlie Blackmon — Colorado Rockies, 21 HRs
Home Run Derby bracket
First round (seeds in parentheses):
Giancarlo Stanton (1) vs. Gary Sanchez (8); Mike Moustakas (4) vs. Miguel Sano (5)
Aaron Judge (2) vs. Justin Bour (7); Cody Bellinger (3) vs. Charlie Blackmon (6)
Winner of Stanton-Sanchez vs. winner of Moustakas-Sano
Winner of Judge-Bour vs. winner of Bellinger-Blackmon