The 2022 MLB Home Run Derby is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 18 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. at Dodger Stadium, which hosts the event). There’s a lot of star power. We had already seen many reports leading up to the official announcement, but the support was revealed on Thursday evening.
Sluggers are ranked by their circuit count at the time of carrier unveiling.
Seeds of the 2022 MLB Home Run Derby
1. Kyle Schwarber, Phillies
8. Albert Pujols, cardinals
4. Juan Soto, Nationals
5. José Ramírez, Goalkeepers
3. Corey Seager, Rangers
6. Julio Rodríguez, sailors
2. Pete Alonso, Mets
7. Ronald Acuna, Jr., Braves
And here’s a bit to know about each participant (all stats at the time of the official announcement):
- Seed #1: Schwarber is the NL home run leader with 28 and trails only Aaron Judge (30) for the MLB lead. He hit 32 in just 113 games last season and 38 in 2019. He has 181 homers in 751 career games, averaging 162 games of 39. This will be Schwarber’s second time in the Derby, and possibly the he considers unfinished business. . He was runner-up to teammate Bryce Harper in 2018. He scored 16 points in the first round, 21 in the second and 18 in the final.
- Seed #8: Pujols, who was named to the All-Star Game last week by Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, is expected to announce his retirement at the end of the season. So it’s an honorary nod to an inevitable Hall of Fame inductee. Pujols hit .220/.305/.390 (99 OPS+) with five homers in 48 games. This will be his fifth career Derby, having already participated in the 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2015 editions.
- Seed #4: Soto hit .245/.402/.490 (158 OPS+) with 19 home runs in his first 87 games this season. This will be his second Home Run Derby, and he recorded 46 home runs at last year’s event. Soto ended up losing to Alonso in the semi-finals.
- Seed #5: José Ramírez is only 5ft 9in tall but has immense power. After a 36-home run season in 2021, he has 17 home runs in 2022 to go along with 30 doubles, four triples and a better AL 68 RBI. He hit a career-high 39 homers in 2018. He turned down previous invites, but this time around he decided to join in the fun.
- Seed #3: Seager has 21 home runs in 84 games this season, which means he’s a safe bet to beat his previous career high of 26. This happened during his rookie season in 2016, and he also participated in the Home Run Derby that season in San Diego. . He hit 15 homers in the first round but was knocked out by No. 1 seed Mark Trumbo. It’s a fun entry, as Seager spent the first seven years of his career with the Dodgers and he’ll be in front of his old fan base.
- Seed #6: Still just 21, Rodriguez will be the 14th rookie to compete in the Home Run Derby, and he’ll be looking to become the third to win it, joining Aaron Judge (2017) and Alonso (2019) — Wally Joyner was co-champion in as a rookie in 1986. .
- Seed #2: Alonso, 27, has 23 homers in 88 games. Alonso won the Derby in 2019 at Progressive Field in Cleveland and then again last year in 2021 at Coors Field in Denver. (No All-Star event was held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.) In Los Angeles, Alonso will try to join Ken Griffey Jr. as the only player to win the Home Run Derby three times. . No player has even won three in a row. Alonso, Griffey Jr. and Yoenis Céspedes are the only sluggers to win back-to-back derbies.
- Seed #7: Acuña is hitting .275/.371/.431 (121 OPS+) with eight homers in his first 56 games. It should be noted that he missed the start of the season while recovering from a torn ACL that prematurely ended his 2021 campaign just before that year’s All-Star Game. The Alonso vs. Acuña fight is a rematch. In 2019, Acuña hit 25 homers in the first round to knock out Josh Bell (the No. 3 seed), but Alonso then beat him, 20-19, in the semifinals.
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