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Home Run Derby 2024: Participants, date, time, format

Home Run Derby 2024: Participants, date, time, format

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The culmination of Major League Baseball’s extraordinary power event takes place the night before the annual All-Star Game in Arlington, Texas.

Eight sluggers – four from the American League and four from the National League – will participate in the competition, which will differ slightly from previous years as MLB looks to adjust the rules to make the league more fan- and TV-viewer-friendly.

Ultimately, the batters will provide the fireworks, as they display feats of strength and endurance nearly impossible for mere mortals. In other words, let’s see if these guys can hit some dingers!

Here’s the latest on the 2024 Home Run Derby:

When is the 2024 All-Star Home Run Derby?

MLB’s annual Home Run Derby takes place on Monday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

How to Watch Home Run Derby

The Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN and can be streamed on ESPN+ and the ESPN app.

Who will compete in the 2024 Home Run Derby?

The field of eight is slowly starting to take shape, with more participants to be announced in the coming days. So far, here’s who’s definitely going to be in the running:

  • 1B Pete Alonso, New York Mets
  • 3B Alec Bohm, Philadelphia Phillies
  • FROM Adolis García, Texas Rangers
  • SS Gunnar Henderson, Baltimore Orioles
  • OF Teoscar Hernández, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • DH Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta Braves
  • 3B Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Guardians
  • SS Bobby Witt Jr., Kansas City Royals

Is Shohei Ohtani in the Home Run Derby?

Shohei Ohtani will not be participating in this year’s Home Run Derby. The Dodgers two-way star is skipping the event to focus on rehabbing his injured pitching elbow.

Other MLB stars who have indicated they will not participate in this year’s Derby include:

  • MLB home run leader Aaron Judge
  • Elly De La Cruz

How much money does the Home Run Derby champion win?

The Home Run Derby prize pool totals $2.5 million, with the winner receiving $1 million and the runner-up receiving $750,000.

New Rules for the 2024 Home Run Derby

The 2024 Home Run Derby will no longer be a strict tournament as we have seen in the past. Instead, all eight batters will compete in the first round, with the top four advancing to the semifinals and seeded 1-4 based on the number of home runs they hit in the first round. Tiebreakers will be determined by each batter’s longest home run.

In the first two rounds, each batter has three minutes or 40 pitches (whichever comes first) to hit as many home runs as possible. Each batter gets one 45-second timeout, which cannot be used during bonus time (which is awarded for home runs longer than 425 feet). In the finals, batters get only two minutes or 27 pitches (not including bonus time).

Home Run Derby 2024 Odds

The odds for the 2024 Home Run Derby will be announced once the field is complete.

As a two-time champion, Pete Alonso is likely to be the favourite again this year.