Now the Derby has even more of a video game feel than it has in the past. We know have a bracket where the players are seeded and go head-to-head to advance.
Stanton won this event a year ago and now returns to defend his title on his home field. Batters will have four minutes in each round to hit as many homers as they can. The vast majority of his home runs have been pulled into the right-field stands.
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge bats during the first inning of baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York, Monday, July 3, 2017. Each player may call a 45-second timeout in the quarterfinals and the semifinals, and the finalists may each call a 45-second timeout and a 30-second timeout. Virtual Reality baseball is a hit at the All-Star FanFest in Miami.
One year after hitting a then-record 70 home runs in the 1998 season, Mark McGwire blasted 13 homers in one round at the famous 1999 Home Run Derby at Fenway Park. He put on a dominant performance and even managed to impress some of his fellow competitors.
It's worth noting that Stanton would still be a high seed in the bracket even without holding the 2016 crown. Judge broke Joe DiMaggio's record for most home runs by a Yankees rookie on Friday. They offer a week long free trial, meaning you can watch ESPN free this week, including the Home Run Derby and All Star Game, as well as check out their other channels.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are now listed as co-favorites to win, as each is listed with +200 odds.
There's every reason to believe Judge has the goods to win, too. The young Dodger could be the best value on the 2017 Home Run Derby odds board at +900, smashing 25 home runs and 58 RBI so far this season in just 257 at bats.
According to MLB.com, Judge doesn't just lead the league in home runs-he also leads in exit velocity (97.2 MPH) and average hit distance (241.0 feet).
Blackmon leads all center fielders in home runs, 4 ahead of the injured Mike Trout.