It is time for the annual mashing of taters, with several of the game’s greatest sluggers gathered at Marlins Park in Miami for the 2017 Home Run Derby.
ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby beginning at 8 p.m. ET, with online streaming available through WatchESPN. Karl Ravech takes over play-by-play duties of the annual jewel event of the MLB All-Star Game festivities, alongside Jessica Mendoza, Mark Teixeira, and Buster Olney.
Giancarlo Stanton won the event in 2016 in San Diego thanks to a record 61 home runs in the three-round event, and he is back to defend his title, now in his home park. Stanton is joined by his Miami Marlins teammate Justin Bour as well.
The eight-player field is also highlighted by a pair of rookies at the top of their respective league’s leaderboards — Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, and Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Stanton is the only participant this year with any Home Run Derby experience. His seven competitors are all in their first Derby.
As defending champion, Stanton drew the top seed, with the other seven ranked by their seasonal home run total through July 4. The event is three rounds of single-elimination, head-to-head action, with the eight-team field first reducing to four players, then to two for the final round.
ESPN will provide on-site coverage throughout the day on Monday, including an hour-long episode of ‘Baseball Tonight’ from Marlins Park before the Home Run Derby begins. In addition to the ESPN telecast, ESPN2 will televise the Spanish language broadcast, with Ernesto Jerez, Eduardo Perez, and Marly Rivera on the call.
Home Run Derby info
When: 8 p.m. ET
Where: Marlins Park, Miami
TV: ESPN (English), ESPN2 (Spanish)