The 2015 MLB Home Run Derby will be different than any other Home Run Derby in prior history. This year there will be a three-round bracketed tournament with a member of the American League taking on a member of the National League in each of the first round matchups.
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Albert Pujols and Kris Bryant will square off. Joc Pederson is paired with Manny Machado. Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rizzo will go head-to-head. Home town favorite Todd Frazier will go up against two-time Home Run Derby champion Prince Fielder.
In the opening round I have Bryant defeating Pujols, Pederson beating Machado (to set up an all-rookie semi-final against Bryant), Donaldson taking down Rizzo and Frazier narrowly beating Fielder.
In the second round I will be taking Bryant over Pederson (and yes, this is my Giants bias coming into play against the Dodgers rookie) and Donaldson barely beating Frazier, much to the crowd’s dismay.
In the finals I will take the Chicago Cubs slugger Bryant over Donaldson in a matchup of hot corner heavy-weights.
It should be a good time out in Cincinnati and if you aren’t lucky enough to be in attendance for the Home Run Derby here is where you can catch the action at home or on the road…
What: 2015 MLB Home Run Derby
When: Monday, July 13 at 5 p.m. PST
Where: Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio
Who: Albert Pujols, Kris Bryant, Manny Machado, Anthony Rizzo, Prince Fielder, Todd Frazier, Joc Pederson, and Josh Donaldson
TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Radio: ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio