The Home Run Derby is one of the marquee all-star events in all of sports. In recent years we have seen a dip in quality though as the format has been tweaked and less stars participate. This year we have no shortage of stars making an appearance. The whole field will be announced on Thursday but let’s take a look at who we know so far.
Juan Soto (115 Career HRs)
Soto participated in the event last year and even said it helped him tweak his swing ahead of his monster second half of the season. Soto is one of the best young stars in the league and is expecting to become the highest paid player in baseball history so having him involved in the event is a huge win for MLB.
Ronald Acuña Jr. (113 Career HR’s)
Acuña is back and better than ever after tearing his ACL last season. Arguably the most electric player in the game, his energy and star power will be a great addition to the event. He has huge power and if the conditions are right the ball will be flying out of Dodger Stadium.
Pete Alonso (129 Career HRs)
The two time derby champ is making his return. Alonso has put on two of the greatest derby performances of all-time so seeing him still interested in participating in the event is awesome. The Mets are having a great season and Alonso agreeing to participate only helps bring more eyes to the event.
Albert Pujols (684 Career HRs)
Maybe you have heard of this guy. Pujols was a legends selection to the All Star Game by commissioner Rob Manfred and now he is locked into participating in the derby as well. Pujols power has waned but seeing a legend in this event is still extremely exciting and maybe he has one last power performance in him.
Giancarlo Stanton (Rumored, 369 Career HRs)
Stanton has not been officially announced but he publicly said he was considering doing it, and LA is his hometown. This whole situation just seems like MLB was not ready to announce it yet so he couldn’t just confirm he would be participating. The last time Stanton hit in the derby it propelled him to his incredible 2nd half in 2017 where he was named MVP. Stanton’s power is different than any player in the game, watching him hit in the derby will be a joy.
Kyle Schwarber (181 Career HRs)
Schwarber is on pace to shatter the highest home run total of his career. He is sitting at 28 before we reach the all-star break. His career high is 38. Schwarber has always been know for monster power so watching him participate in this event is going to be a ton of fun.
This is everyone confirmed or heavily implied to be participating. So far it is a great mix of young stars, old stars and some of the greatest power hitters in the game. Who else do you want to see added into the field? Let us know below.