On Monday Night, the Miami Marlins and Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, will host the 2017 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby. The Derby is an annual event with a changing format over the years, with one goal; Find the best home run hitter in the major leagues, and award a trophy.
This year, the Home Run Derby follows a timed format, where each player receives five minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. If a player hits two (2) home runs that go at least 440 feet, or 130 meters, they gain an extra 30 seconds. So this means the maximum potential time a player can get is four minutes, thirty seconds. Each batter can use one time out (45 seconds), and in the final round can use two timeouts.
The Derby is done in a bracket/tournament format. There are three rounds beginning with the Quarterfinals. To advance, you must just hit more home runs than your set opponent. Then once more in the semifinal, and then once more in the final to win. If there is a tie in any matchup, both players are given three (3) swings, and whoever can hit more homeruns in just those three swings, is the winner. If it’s still tied, it goes to sudden death.
The Bracket and matchups are created via “1 plays 8” style seeding, with the seeding based on home run totals from the regular season so far. The participants for the 2017 Home Run derby match up against each other in the quarterfinals like this:
Giancarlo Stanton (Miami) VS Gary Sanchez (New York)
Mike Moustakas (Kansas City) VS Miguel Sano (Minnesota)
Cody Bellinger (Los Angeles) VS Charlie Blackmon (Colorado)
Aaron Judge (New York) VS Justin Bour (Miami)
Those are the quarterfinal matchups, and the semifinals will look like this:
Winner of Stanton/Sanchez VS Winner of Moustakas/Sano
Winner of Bellinger/Blackmon VS Winner of Judge/Bour
Then, obviously, the final will be the winner of those two Matchups.
Interestingly, It is possible for both Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Bour to reach the final, in which case they would both be members of the home team, The Miami Marlins. That would sure be a Loud Crowd. There is one other possible situation where two members of the same Team could face eachother in the finals, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees.
Sportsbooks are already predicting some winners. The british sportsbook, Paddypower, lists each player’s chances below, with Stanton and Judge as overwhelming favorites compared to everyone else.
Giancarlo Stanton +120 Aaron Judge +163 Cody Bellinger +900 Charlie Blackmon +1200 Miguel Sano +1400 Mike Moustakas +1400 Justin Bour +1600 Gary Sanchez +2000
No matter what happens in the derby, it is sure to be a great one,