The 2013 Home Run Derby is upon us, and ESPN's Chris Berman is back-back-back-back-back to call it for yet another year. Tune in to watch the Tigers' Prince Fielder attempt to defend his title -- or, really, if we get right down to it, just to watch all the players and their adorable kids running around the field between moonshots. That's really what we want to see, right?
The Home Run Derby will be televised on ESPN beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, and the format will be similar to recent years. The American League and National League each have four sluggers -- picked by AL captain Robinson Cano of the Yankees and NL captain David Wright , and the league with the most home runs wins. Three rounds are held, with eight competitors becoming four becoming two finalists, regardless of league. In each round, batters have 10 outs -- that is, swings that weren't home runs. Players can add the total of their first two rounds, but home runs do not carry over to the finals. Last year, Fielder defeated the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, 12-7, in the final round.
In addition to Cano and Fielder, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will represent the AL. On the NL side, Wright is joined by Bryce Harper of the Nationals as well as a pair of Rockies, Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez. (update: Gonzalez pulled out and will be replaced by the Pirates' Pedro Alvarez.)
Fielder is the odds-on favorite, according to Bovada,
at 7/2 (updated: 15/4). But Davis isn't far behind at 15/4 (updated: 11/4). Harper rates third at 5/1. (See our odds post here.) The American League looks to be the favorite again this year as well. It won 61-21 last year as well.
Winning isn't just for bragging rights either, charity money is on the line. $150,000 goes to the winning captain's charity in his name; $100,000 to the Boys&Girls Clubs of America in the name of the winning captain; $25,000 to the charity of the captain of the losing team in his name. In addition to that, each gold ball hit for a home run will add to the total donated to the BCGA.
Here's all the info you need in thumbnail format:
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Monday, July 15
Announcers: Chris Berman, John Kruk, Nomar Garciaparra
Sideline reporters: Buster Olney, Pedro Gomez
Participants: AL -- Robinson Cano, Prince Fielder, Chris Davis, Yoenis Cespedes. NL -- David Wright, Bryce Harper, Michael Cuddyer,
Carlos Gonzalez Pedro Alvearez
Fielder, 7/2 Chris Davis, 11/4 (Updated Monday)