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2018 Home Run Derby Odds - The 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby takes place on Monday, July 16 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C and will be shown on ESPN. A total of eight players will compete in the contest in a bracket style format. The left side of the bracket will have Jesus Aguilar of the Brewers taking on Rhys Hoskin of the Phillies and Alex Bregman of the Astros facing Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs. The right side of the bracket has Bryce Harper of the Nationals taking on Freddie Freeman of the Braves and Max Muncy of the Dodgers facing Javier Baez of the Cubs. The winners will advance to the semifinals and then the semifinal winners will meet in the final.
2018 Home Run Derby First Round Matchups
1. Jesus Aguilar, Brewers vs. 8. Rhys Hoskins, Phillies
4. Alex Bregman, Astros vs. 5. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs
2. Bryce Harper, Nationals vs. 7 Freddie Freeman, Braves
3. Max Muncy, Dodgers vs. 6. Javier Baez, Cubs
The seeds for the players in the brackets were determined based on 2018 home run totals. Aguilar is the top seed and one of the favorites to win the contest. He has 23 home runs to lead the National League. "They asked me if I want to do it and it was like, 'Let's do it. Let's be part of the big moment and the big show.'" Aguilar said to the media. "I just agreed. We're going to have fun with my little kid up there and those superstars behind me. So let's do it. Why not?"
The hometown favorite is Harper and he is going to get a lot of action in Home Run Derby odds. He has hit a total of 22 home runs this season. "I think doing it is going to be a lot of fun," Harper said to the media. "I was able to participate in New York the first time and it was a lot of fun. If I win, I win. If I don't, it's part of it. I'm just excited to hopefully share that day with my dad [who plans to again throw to Harper at the Derby]." Harper is the only participant with previous experience in the Home Run Derby, as he lost the final in 2013.
Muncy is the third seed and he has been one of the biggest surprises this season. "It's going to be a heck of an experience," Muncy said. "Be the first time I'll be on a stage like that. Not sure what to expect, but I'm going to have fun with it. I'm sure once I get there, there will be a ton of nerves."
Bregman is a surprising fourth seed, as he was not really known as a home run hitter until this season. Schwarber is the fifth seed and he is known for some mammoth shots. Baez is a free swinger who should be perfect for the Home Run Derby. Freeman has 16 home runs this season, but he is really not thought of as a home run hitter. Hoskins started his career last August with 18 home runs in his first 35 games and is known for his power.
Home Run Derby Format
The format is single-elimination with the loser of each matchup eliminated, while the winner goes on. There are four minutes per batter, per round. Batters get 30 seconds of bonus time for two home runs that exceed 440 feet.
List of Home Run Derby Champions
2017 - Aaron Judge
2016 - Giancarlo Stanton
2015 - Todd Frazier
2014 - Yoenis Cespedes
2013 - Yoenis Cespedes
2012 - Prince Fielder
2011 - Robinson Cano
2010 - David Ortiz
2009 - Prince Fielder
2008 - Justin Morneau
2007 - Vladimir Guerrero
2006 - Ryan Howard
2005 - Bobby Abreu
2004 - Miguel Tejada
2003 - Garret Anderson
2002 - Jason Giambi
2001 - Luis Gonzalez
2000 - Sammy Sosa
1999 - Ken Griffey Jr.
1998 - Ken Griffey Jr.
1997 - Tino Martinez
1996 - Barry Bonds
1995 - Frank Thomas
1994 - Ken Griffey Jr.
1993 - Juan Gonzalez
1992 - Mark McGwire
1991 - Cal Ripken Jr.
1990 - Ryne Sandberg
1989 - Eric Davis
1988 - Rained Out
1987 - Andre Dawson
1986 - Wally Joyner & Darryl Strawberry
1985 - Dave Parker
Most Home Runs in a Single Round
28 - Josh Hamilton 2008, 1st Round
24 - Giancarlo Stanton 2016, 1st Round
24 - Bobby Abreu 2005, 1st Round
20 - Giancarlo Stanton 2016, Final Round
17 - Giancarlo Stanton 2016, Semifinal Round
17 - Yoenis Cespedes 2013, 1st Round
17 - David Ortiz 2005, 1st Round
Most Home Runs in a Single Home Run Derby
61 - Giancarlo Stanton 2016
42 - Todd Frazier 2016
41 - Bobby Abreu 2005
39 - Joc Pederson 2015
39 - Todd Frazier 2015
35 - Josh Hamilton 2008
Most All-Time Home Runs in Home Run Derby
91 - Todd Frazier
81 - Prince Fielder
77 - David Ortiz
71 - Albert Pujols
70 - Ken Griffey Jr.
67 - Jason Giambi
67 - Giancarlo Stanton
65 - Sammy Sosa
60 - Yoenis Cespedes
56 - Mark McGwire
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