From the perspective of a Mets fan, Major League Baseball’s 2017 Home Run Derby might be about as unappealing as it gets. But the event takes place tonight, and if you’re watching, the seeded bracket breaks down as follows.
2. Aaron Judge - Yankees vs. 7. Justin Bour - Marlins
The winners of the Judge-Bour and Bellinger-Blackmon contests will face one another, while the winners of the Stanton-Sanchez and Moustakas-Sano ones will face each other in the second round.
It’s the overall composition of the thing—with two Yankees and two Marlins—that makes it relatively unappealing. Throw in the fact that none of the Mets’ prolific home run hitters are involved—Jay Bruce had the best case based solely on his home run total so far this season, but Yoenis Cespedes and All-Star Michael Conforto are more than capable—and things get a bit less interesting. Even without any Mets, though, the lack of variety makes it not-ideal. But hey, Stanton, Judge, and Sano hitting 500-foot home runs should be a thing to watch, at least.
As for the broadcast, if you are watching, it goes as follows: