After an absence in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Home Run Derby is back.
And it should come back with a bang. Coors Field is one of the most batter-friendly ballparks, with Baseball Savant listing it as the fifth best stadium to hit home runs.
This will also be the sixth season that the derby takes place in parentheses. The sluggers will be paired up in parentheses with the goal of outshining each other in a format that has become popular with fans for its fast-paced action.
Here’s a breakdown of how you can watch the Home Run Derby on Monday.
What channel is the Home Run Derby on today?
Want to see some baseballs put into orbit? Tune in to ESPN for the action at Coors Field. If you’re interested in the numbers behind each long ball, follow the event on ESPN2, where the Statcast broadcast will air. Karl Ravech and Eduardo Pérez will be at the booth for ESPN coverage with Buster Olney and Marly Rivera reporting on the broadcast, while Jason Benetti, Jessica Mendoza and Mike Petriello will call the Statcast edition.
For those who want to stream the event online, fans can find the broadcast on ESPN + and on fuboTV, offering a free seven-day trial.
What time does the Home Run Derby start?
- Hour: 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT
Live coverage of the Home Run Derby will begin Monday at 7 p.m. ET with Baseball Tonight airing on ESPN and ESPN2, the latter being the Statcast Edition. The derby itself will begin at 8pm ET.
Participants of the Home Run Derby 2021
The 2021 field looks set to put on an exciting show on Monday. There is a two-way phenomenon Shohei Ohtani, reigning derby champion Pete Alonso, local hero Trevor Story and young star Juan Soto, all ready to swing at Coors Field. And that is just the beginning. Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo could have the most raw power of any player in the majors, Royals catcher Salvador Perez could become the first catcher to win the derby, A’s first baseman Matt Olson has been one of the best power hitters in the past four years and Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini is having a remarkable comeback season after beating cancer.
Here’s how the first round of braces will play out in the first round of the Home Run Derby.
Previous Home Run Derby Champions
Only one player has won the derby three times, and that would be Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who won the second of his three crowns at Coors Field in 1998. He then won the following year at Fenway Park for his second. consecutive title: the first of two players to win in consecutive years. Yoenis Céspedes was the second hitter to win in consecutive years, when he won in 2013 and 2014. If Alonso wins this year, he would be the third player to win in two consecutive derbies.
Here’s the full list of past Home Run Derby champions.
|2019||Pete alonso||Mets||Progressive field (Cleveland)|
|2018||Bryce harper||Nationals||National Park (Washington, DC)|
|2017.||Aaron judge||Yankees||Marlins Park (Miami)|
|2016||Giancarlo stanton||Marlins||Petco Park (San Diego)|
|2015.||Todd frazier||Reds||Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati)|
|2014||Yoenis cespedes||Athletics||Target field (Minneapolis)|
|2013||Yoenis cespedes||Athletics||Citi Field (New York)|
|2012||Prince Fielder||Tigers||Kauffman Park (Kansas City)|
|2011||Robinson Cano||Yankees||Chase Field (Phoenix)|
|2010||David ortiz||red stockings||Angel Stadium (Anaheim)|
|2009||Prince Fielder||Brewers||Busch Stadium (St. Louis)|
|2008||Justin morneau||Twins||Yankee Stadium (New York)|
|2007||Vladimir Guerrero||Angels||AT&T Park (San Francisco)|
|2006||Ryan howard||Phillies||PNC Park (Pittsburgh)|
|2005||Bobby Abreu||Phillies||Comerica Park (Detroit)|
|2004||Miguel Tejada||Orioles||Minute Maid Park (Houston)|
|2003||Garret anderson||Angels||US Cell Field (Chicago)|
|2002||Jason giambi||Yankees||Miller Park (Milwaukee)|
|2001||Luis Gonzalez||Diamondbacks||Safeco Field (Seattle)|
|2000||Sammy sosa||Puppies||Turner Field (Atlanta)|
|1999||Ken Griffey Jr.||Sailors||Fenway Park (Boston)|
|1998||Ken Griffey Jr.||Sailors||Coors Field (Colorado)|
|1997||Tino Martinez||Yankees||Jacobs Field (Cleveland)|
|nineteen ninety six||Barry bonds||Giants||Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)|
|nineteen ninety five||Frank thomas||white sock||The ballpark in Arlington (Arlington)|
|1994||Ken Griffey Jr.||Sailors||Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)|
|1993||Juan Gonzalez||Forest ranger||Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore)|
|1992||Mark McGwire||Athletics||Jack Murphy Stadium (San Diego)|
|1991||Cal Ripken Jr.||Orioles||SkyDome (Toronto)|
|1990||Ryne sandberg||Puppies||Wrigley Field (Chicago)|
|1989 *||Ruben Sierra||Forest ranger||Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim)|
|1989 *||Eric Davis||Reds||Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim)|
|1987||Andre Dawson||Puppies||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)|
|1986 *||Wally joyner||Angels||Astrodome (Houston)|
|1986 *||Strawberry Darryl||Mets||Astrodome (Houston)|
|1985||Dave parker||Reds||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minneapolis)|
*Both 1986 and 1989 saw draws in the Home Run Derby
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.