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Giancarlo Stanton has agreed to participate in the Home Run Derby

Jun 28, 2014, 2:50 PM EDT

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If you needed a reason to tune into this year’s Home Run Derby at Target Field, this is it: Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has agreed to participate, reports MLB.com’s Caitlin Swieca. MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro has also tweeted the news.

Stanton is the current National League leader in home runs and RBI with 21 and 59, respectively. The 24-year-old is now in his fifth major league season, but has never participated in the Home Run Derby before. Injuries have played a role, as Stanton underwent surgery on his right knee just before the All-Star break in 2012, and suffered a strained right hamstring in the first half last season.

Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki are the captains of the American League and National League Home Run Derby squads, respectively. The Derby will feature new rules. Each of ten sluggers will get seven outs per round. The player from each league with the most home runs will get a bye to the third round, while the next two players from each league will battle it out in the second round with the winner advancing to the third round.

You can watch the Home Derby on Monday, July 14 at 8 PM ET on ESPN. Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes won last year’s event.

  1. glennsyank13 - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    It’d be fun to watch except for listening to Chris Berman.

    • tuberippin - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      BACKBACKBACKBACK

      QUACKQUACKQUACKQUACK

      • nbjays - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        AFLAC!

  2. Stiller43 - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Doesnt it last for like 4 hours? I sometimes intend to watch, but it just drags on and on and on…

  3. serveaux - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Know what would be great? HRD rules that didn’t change every year.

    • clydeserra - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      i want the rules to change.

      Rule 1, you get 100 swings.
      rule 2, whoever hits the most HR in 100 swings wins.

  4. hanram17 - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    RIP baseballs

  5. tuberippin - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    So this is a radical new proposal for the Home Run Derby, but hear me out….how about this:

    The player with the most home runs is crowned the winner of the Home Run Derby.

    Crazy, I know. But hey, we’ve seen crazier, right?

  6. 1998yanks - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Yeah, Chris Berman is nauseating to listen to. I will rather go to a sports bar to watch it and just read sub-titles.

  7. gattaga72 - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Chris Berman is the reason I don’t watch!!!i hate his calls…it’s annoying !!!

  8. tccoats - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    HR Derby is great except for the fact that it lasts forever and Berman makes my ears bleed…oh yeah, and Rick Reilly is a Dbag….

  9. barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    2 Rounds of 10 outs. Most total HR’s wins.

  10. chinahand11 - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    I like the idea of 50 swings, a guy gets 10 swings then trades off to the next guy, then the next, 5 rounds and done. I think it would save an hour. Lots of good suggestions here. Oh, and give Mr. Berman his Hawaiian vacation during the All-Star Break. He can take Reilly with him.

  11. chinahand11 - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Oh shoot I forgot to say I’m looking forward to watching Stanton hit some bombs. He cracks those ones that go way out there then drop almost straight down. “This is what you call a slugger,” stated Captain Obvious.

  12. racksie - Jun 29, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Target Field is a tough home run park. On the plus side it is going to be hot and humid. So the ball will carry pretty well. There are going to be a lot of well hit warning track outs. Look for Baustista to win it, if he plays in it. He may have the most homers in Target Field. Including current Twins. Oh, and there is no truth to the rumor all players are using Twins starters as their personal pitcher for the home run derby. Although that would increase home runs by about 25%.

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