Major League Baseball's All-Star Break has begun, and tonight, eight of the sport's top sluggers will compete in the Home Run Derby at Petco Park in San Diego. This year, the eight contestants have been seeded into a bracket-style tournament.
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The eight players, and their home run numbers:
Mark Trumbo may be the top seed in tonight's event, but he only has the second best odds to take home the crown. The favorite: Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Here are the full odds, via Odds Shark.
Giancarlo Stanton - +300
Mark Trumbo - +375
Todd Frazier - +500
Wil Myers - +650
Adam Duvall - +650
Carlos Gonzalez - +800
Corey Seager - +900
Robinson Cano - +900
Stanton has spent much of the first half of the 2016 season in a major slump. He is batting .233 on the season, but has started heating up recently. He is batting .324 in the month of July, and already has five home runs this month, after hitting just three in June. As the most prodigious power hitter in the game today, it is no surprise that bettors are betting on him to win the entire event. Stanton last participated in the 2014 Home Run Derby at Target Field in Minneapolis, where he only hit six total home runs. Yoenis Cespedes won the event that year, with 28.
Todd Frazier is making his third straight Derby appearance. In 2014, he hit 10 home runs, most of the National League participants. Last year, he won the entire event at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, edging out Joc Pederson in a 15-14 final. He hit 39 total home runs in last year's Derby, the second highest total for a single event, behind Bobby Abreu's 41 blasts in 2005.
Robinson Cano is also a former Derby champion, taking home the crown in 2011 at Phoenix's Chase Field with 32 total blasts, edging out Adrian Gonzalez in a 12-11 final round. Cano's 32 home runs is tied for the fourth most in a derby.
Mark Trumbo took part in the 2012 Home Run Derby at Kansas City's Kauffman City, finishing third behind Prince Fielder and Jose Bautista with 13 total homers. Carlos Gonzalez finished tied for fifth with four home runs in the 2012 Derby, while Duvall, Myers, and Seager are all making their Home Run Derby debuts.
A win by Frazier would make him just the third player in Home Run Derby history to repeat as champion. Ken Griffey Jr. won back to back derbies in 1998 and 1999, while Yoenis Cespedes won in both 2013 and 2014. Griffey also won the event in 1994; he is the only player to win three career Home Run Derby titles. Frazier's 49 career Home Run Derby blasts is ninth all-time. Prince Fielder has the most career Derby homers, with 81. A good performance by Frazier could vault him into the top five.
Petco Park could make this year's Derby a tough one for participants. ParkFactors.com says that the field has the third-lowest "park factor" in all of Major League Baseball, with a rating of -86, meaning the park produces 86 runs and home runs for every 100 scored in an average major league park. Only San Francisco's AT&T Park and Seattle's Safeco Field have lower ratings. We'll see if that is a major factor in tonight's Derby, or if the field of sluggers can overcome it and put on a show.
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