The Dodgers will be represented in the Home Run Derby for the fifth straight year when Max Muncy gets his shot on Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington.
The festivities will be televised by ESPN beginning at 5 p.m. PT.
This event has never been won by a Dodger and up until the last three years, the franchise results were a punchline. The embarrassment in the derby has been outlined on this site with each time they have a new entry.
From 1993-2014, seven Dodgers appearances in the event produced just 10 total home runs, half of which were hit by Hee Seop Choi. Yasiel Puig finished the 2014 derby as the only player to enter that year with no homers in the first round.
Joc Pederson showed up big time in the first year of the current format, advancing to the finals and hitting 38 total home runs in three rounds, but he lost to Todd Frazier in an exciting matchup in Cincinnati.
In 2016, Corey Seager hit 15 home runs in the first round, more than any of Pederson’s three rounds (13, 12, and 14) the previous year. But despite the third-highest total in the eight-player field in the first round, Seager was eliminated because he was matched up with Mark Trumbo, who hit 16 in the opening round.
Cody Bellinger surprised everybody last year by hitting 25 homers before the All-Star Break and would’ve had a serious shot of winning if it weren’t for Aaron Judge. It would’ve been an uphill climb with Judge and Giancarlo Stanton favored, but Bellinger didn’t disappoint.
The lefty ended up hitting 15 homers in the first round, earning a matchup with Judge in the second. After Bellinger hit 12 more in the second round, Judge eliminating him with over a minute left on the clock.
The odds according to Bovada have the hometown Bryce Harper as the favorite, followed by a couple of free swinging Cubs.
Bryce Harper +240
Kyle Schwarber +400
Javier Baez +500
Jesus Aguilar +500
Max Muncy +600
Freddie Freeman +700
Rhys Hoskins +800
Alex Bregman +900
Dodger hitting coach Turner Ward will be pitching to Muncy Monday night.
Zack Greinke, asked about his expectations for the home run derby: "I expect the home run derby will be boring and I'll leave early."— Ted Berg (@OGTedBerg) July 16, 2018