Now, it looks like Nola will get to cheer on one of his teammates in D.C. after Rhys Hoskins found out on Wednesday that he would be participating in this year's Home Run Derby. Harper (22) will oppose Freeman (16), Muncy (21) goes against Baez (17) and Bregman (19) squares off against Schwarber (17). However, Aguilar has hit the mosthome runs of that group thus far.
The championship tournament will be held at GEICO All-Star Fan Fest starting at 2pm (ET). During the broadcast viewers can expect special prize giveaways.
As the participant with the most home runs through Tuesday's games, Aguilar (23 home runs) will be the No. 1 seed and will face off against Hoskins (14).
A few days ago, there was plenty of excitement surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies after it was announced that Aaron Nola would be participating in his first All-Star Game, which is well deserving with his 12-2 record at the moment. So, Bregman will represent a whole league versus the seven National League players.
But there is proof that the supposed Home Run Derby curse is mere fiction.
Prior to debuting the commercial version of this game, the enterprise edition was available at numerous global event activations including MLB Battlegrounds (London), MLB All-Star FanFest (Miami), numerous MLB Club events, and the recent Puerto Rico and Monterrey series.
Beyond this esports event, at least 12 Major League Baseball ballparks will be hosting in-venue setups of the VR game for fans to play when attending games.
Over at the Society For American Baseball Research, or SABR, there is a fascinating study on the Home Run Derby. Judge, the Yankees slugger and defending home run derby champion, said "I want to stay healthy" in turning down a spot. He spent all of 2017 in the minor league system after two seasons with the Oakland Athletics in which he hit just five home runs in 96 games over that two-year span.
Owen Black will be competing in Saturday's MLB Jr.
It may ultimately come down to the player and whether they make an approach or change so drastic it carries over to the regular season.
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