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Home Run Derby

Home Run Derby

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  • Premiered: 
    July 12, 1993
    (Click date to see TV listings for that day)

  • Network: ESPN
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Updated version of Home Run Derby 
  • Subject Matter: Sports
  • Tags: baseball (pro)

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1985 on the Monday before its annual All-Star Game, Major League Baseball hosts a home-run derby, featuring its biggest sluggers. ESPN has televised this event since 1993 -- on same-day tape delay from 1993 through 1997 and live since 1998 -- with the derby having many formats since its inception. In the derby's first year, the American League (Cal Ripken; Eddie Murray; Jim Rice; Carlton Fisk; Tom Brunansky) defeated the National League (Steve Garvey; Dave Parker; Ryne Sandberg; Will Clark; Dale Murphy), with Brunansky hitting three home runs in the final round to win the event 17-16 for the AL.
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ESPN exclusively televises the 2019 T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 8pm ET/5pm PT from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Karl Ravech returns for his third year as the voice of the Home Run Derby, alongside analyst Mark Teixeira, and on-field reporters Buster Olney and Jessica Mendoza. In addition to the traditional T-Mobile Home Run Derby telecast on ESPN, ESPN2 offers an alternative viewing experience for the second straight year. The T-Mobile Home Run Derby Statcast edition powered by AWS features an analytics-driven presentation with 3D spray charts of home run paths, exit velocity, and more. ESPN's StatCast alternative presentation team of play-by-play voice Jason Benetti, analyst Eduardo Perez, and MLB Statcast analyst Mike Petriello provide commentary.

The matchups included:

#1 Matt Chapman* (Oakland Athletics) vs. #8 Vlad Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays)

#4 Alex Bregman (Houston Astros) vs. #5 Joc Pederson (Los Angeles Dodgers)

#3 Josh Bell (Pittsburgh Pirates) vs. #6 Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atlanta Braves)

#2 Pete Alonso (New York Mets) vs. #7 Carlos Santana (Cleveland Indians)

*Matt Chapman is substituting for the injured Christian Yelich.

Cast

Other Titles

  • Also known as All Star Home Run Derby