Joc Pederson of the Dodgers has accepted an invitation to compete in the 2019 T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 8. The 2019 Derby will be held at Progressive Field in Cleveland and will be broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 8:00 PM Eastern and 5:00 PM Pacific times.
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie first baseman/outfielder extraordinaire Cody Bellinger is officially chasing history. Through 47 games, he’s smacked 18 home runs. Bellinger’s dinger in the 4th inning of the Dodgers’ tilt with the Cleveland Indians on Thursday tied him with Wally Berger for the second most home runs in 47 games to start a career. Per ESPN Stats & Info on Twitter, Bellinger now has three games to tie or surpass current New York Yankees slugger Gary Sanchez‘s record of 19 homers in 50 games, a feat Sanchez accomplished just last year.
When it became known last month that rookie shortstop Corey Seager intended on participating in the Home Run Derby at the 2016 All-Star Game festivities, the so-called “swing experts” of the Dodgers‘ fan base made themselves known quickly, and warned that Seager’s swing mechanics and second-half offensive production may be negatively affected.
“Well you’re a real tough cookie with a long history Of breaking little hearts like the one in me That’s okay, let’s see how you do it Put up you dukes, let’s get down to it”
Here we are, coming up on another “Midsummer Classic.” And, as a side show to the All-Star game, the Home Run Derby. This will be the third straight year that the Dodgers have had a participant. In 2014, Yasiel Puig did not hit a single home run. In 2015, Joc Pederson made it all the way to the finals before losing by one to winner Todd Frazier, then with the Cincinnati Reds. This year, the Dodgers’ participant is rookie extraordinaire Corey Seager. Seager is the seventh rookie to appear in the Derby, as well as the eighth Dodger player.