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Open Thread: 2019 MLB Home Run Derby

Pete Alonso will compete against seven of MLB’s best in a home run-hitting competition tonight in Cleveland.

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For the first time since David Wright participated at Citi Field in 2013, the New York Mets will be represented in the Home Run Derby. Pete Alonso, who entered the break with the second-most home runs in Major League Baseball with 30, will begin tonight’s derby at Progressive Field in Cleveland as the number two seed. Alonso will face off against Cleveland Indians’ first baseman Carlos Santana.

Along with Alonso and Santana, Matt Chapman, Josh Bell, Alex Bregman, Joc Pederson, Ronald Acuna Jr., and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will participate in this year’s iteration of the derby. Each player will have four minutes to hit as many home runs as they can within the allotted time, and the slugger who accumulates the most home runs in that round will move on to face their next opponent. The winner of this year’s derby will also receive a $1 million reward. Alonso has promised to donate five percent of his potential winnings to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, and another five percent to Tunnels to Towers.

Broadcast info

Time: 8:00 p.m. EDT