Defending Home Run Derby Champion Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox, 2011 winner Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners and Wil Myers of the host San Diego Padres are among the eight participants in the 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.
The 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby will be held on Monday, July 11th at Petco Park in San Diego, and broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 8 p.m.
The annual showcase also features Major League Baseball’s leading home run hitter Mark Trumbo of the Baltimore Orioles; Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Duvall; Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez; Los Angeles Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager; and Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Brackets in the first round were seeded based on 2016 home run totals through Wednesday’s games. The first round matchups will include: No. 1 seed Trumbo (26 home runs) vs. No. 8 seed Seager (17); No. 2 seed Frazier (23) vs. No. 7 seed Gonzalez (18); No. 3 seed Duvall (22) vs. No. 6 seed Myers (19); and No. 4 seed Cano (20) vs. No. 5 seed Stanton (19). The tiebreak between Stanton and Myers was decided by home runs hit since June 15th (7-5 in favor of Stanton).
Cano will be participating in his fourth career Derby (also 2011, 2012, 2013). Frazier will be competing in the event for the third consecutive year after advancing to the Finals in 2014 and winning the event last year. Gonzalez (2012), Stanton (2014) and Trumbo (2012) will each appear in their second career Home Run Derby, while Duvall, Myers and Seager will each participate for the first time.
Myers will become the 19th player from a host team to partake in the Derby, and it marks the fourth consecutive year for the Derby to feature a hometown competitor, following David Wright at Citi Field in 2013, Brian Dozier at Target Field in 2014 and Frazier in Cincinnati last year.
Seager will become just the seventh rookie to compete in the Derby, joining California’s Wally Joyner (1986), Oakland’s Jose Canseco (1986) and Mark McGwire (1987), Mike Piazza of the Dodgers (1993), and Kris Bryant (2015) and Anthony Rizzo (2015) of the Chicago Cubs.
T-Mobile will make a donation for every home run hit during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. T-Mobile will donate $1,000 for every home run hit with a regular ball and $2,000 for every home run hit with a magenta ball, which will be used during the bonus round. The entire charity pool will be donated to the winner’s local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club, and a local youth baseball initiative selected by the winner. The other Derby participants will also receive $10,000 for a youth baseball initiative of their choosing.
In addition to coverage on ESPN and MLB.com, the 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN and ESPN Radio in the U.S. as well as ESPN International. For more information, please visit www.allstargame.com.