For the first time since 2013, there will be a home run derby without a Dodgers participant. If that fact is surprising to you, don’t be alarmed. I forgot they had someone in the long ball contest every single year for six years running, too.
Starting in 2014, here’s how the Dodgers did in various homer derbies:
- 2014: Yasiel Puig: 0 home runs, last place*
- 2015: Joc Pederson: 39 home runs, 2nd place
- 2016: Corey Seager: 15 home runs, 1st-round loss
- 2017: Cody Bellinger: 27 home runs, semifinal loss
- 2018: Max Muncy: 29 home runs, semifinal loss
- 2019: Joc Pederson: 60 home runs, semifinal loss
Pederson was the standout performer here, starting with the first year of the current, bracketed and timed format that has proved to be incredibly exciting. He lost that year in the finals, in 2015, his rookie season, to Todd Frazier in his home park in Cincinnati. Four years later, Pederson lost in the second round, but it was the best single round in the history of the derby, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hitting 40 home runs to Pederson’s 39.
No Dodgers in 2021, but this year’s group of eight sluggers includes five who have played the Dodgers this season. Only one has homered against them in 2021:
- Juan Soto: 2 HR in 7 games, 28 PA
- Trevor Story: 0 HR in 7 games, 25 PA
- Shohei Ohtani: 0 HR in 3 games, 14 PA
- Joey Gallo: 0 HR in 3 games, 14 PA
- Matt Olson: 0 HR in 1 game, 4 PA
ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby beginning at 5 p.m. PT, along with a statcast-laden broadcast on ESPN2. The derby will be available in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, and online streaming of the event will be available via Watch ESPN and MLB.com.
Here is the bracket for the event, with the eight players seeded according to their home run totals through July 6.