The 2017 MLB Home Run Derby takes place on Monday, July 10 at 8PM in the lovely city of Miami, Florida. He was voted in by the fans to start for the American League in the All-Star Game. Bellinger will look to steal the spotlight from Stanton and Judge at this year's MLB Home Run Derby.
The defending champion, representing the home team, and two rookie sensations are the prime attractions heading into the Home Run Derby, which will be held Monday night at Marlins Park in Miami.
"I changed a lot of things in my approach", said Judge, on Monday afternoon at the derby press conference, explaining the difference between 2016 and 2017.
ESPN will broadcast the event beginning at 7 p.m.
Other highlights included a shot that hit the roof at the stadium and a 513-foot blast in the second round. Reno's Christian Walker and Nashville's Renato Nunez were eliminated after round one, hitting six and five homers, respectively.
Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Mike Moustakas, Miguel Sano, Charlie Blackmon, Justin Bour and Gary Sanchez will be the eight batters competing for the title in this year's Derby. Stanton began to find his grove and hit a 496-foot shot off the glass behind the left-field seats, then started spraying impressive drives.
Before the Home Run Derby, Blackmon, who bats leadoff for the Rockies and is much smaller than Judge and Stanton at 6-3, 210 pounds, was asked if he felt he belonged in a slugging contest with the aforementioned giants. But Stanton hits baseballs really hard as well, and hits them quite far also. The only other rookie in Major League Baseball history to hit at least 30 homers before the All-Star break was Mark McGwire in 1987 (33). Ultimately, the hang time on Stanton's home runs may have been an issue this time around.
Josh Hamilton in 2008 set the record for most home runs in a single round with an astonishing 28.
"I was expected it", Judge said. Against the Red Sox on June 8, both of Sanchez's blasts traveled at least 400 feet and had an exit velocity of about 109 miles per hour. "Moose" followed. He hit his tenth home run with just under a minute to go, but was unable to hit another. "I'm a rookie. This is my first time doing it", Judge said.