The events and action of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week arrive at Marlins Park on Monday – as eight of the biggest bats in the game look to give fans plenty of souvenirs during the annual Home Run Derby.
For fans of the hometown team, the Marlins will be represented by two of their offensive weapons. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton will look to defend his title after winning the 2016 Derby in San Diego. He will be joined in the derby field by first baseman Justin Bour for the competition, which gets underway at 8 p.m.
The Home Run Derby field includes eight total players, paired off against each other in timed rounds to see who comes out on top. Stanton, the top overall seed, will face off with New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, in the opener round while Bour will also face a ‘Bronx Bomber’ in Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge.
Each batter will get four minutes per round to hit as many home runs as possible while getting one 45 second timeout each round (and an additional 30 second timeout in the finals). Players can earn extra time for balls that go longer than 440 feet – something Stanton has become an expert in during his time.
Monday’s Home Run Derby will be followed by the 88th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday night, completing the week of excitement during the first time Miami has hosted the Mid-Summer Classic.