One of my favorite nights of the entire year: the HOME RUN DERBY! It will get underway tonight at 8:00 PM on ESPN from Petco Park. The home run derby is one of those fun nights, where you really never know what can happen….except for lots of back, back, back, back, back, back, back. I don’t need to recap what happened last year, but if you want a refresher, watch this.
Last year, Todd Frazier ignited a Cincinnati crowd like never before in one unforgettable evening. Tonight, he’ll be in the derby again, but wearing a different uniform, and playing for a different league. The Reds might not have the reining derby champ anymore, but they will still be represented well tonight. Adam Duvall will participate in the derby tonight, and deservingly so after his surprisingly great first half of 2016.
Here is this year’s bracket:
This year’s home run derby will follow the same awesome format as last year. It is single elimination, head to head matchups. Each round is timed. Whoever came up with that idea deserves a raise.
Adam Duvall will have to face off against the Wil Myers in his home ballpark. That was obviously a big advantage for Frazier last year. Duvall and Frazier could meet in the second round, which would be a lot of fun.
Vegas Odds (via Bovada):
Giancarlo Stanton +260
Mark Trumbo +450
Todd Frazier +475
Robinson Cano +600
Wil Myers +700
Carlos Gonzalez +700
Adam Duvall +900
Corey Seager +1000
Nation, who you got? I’ve got Duvall!
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.