Get ready to see some baseballs get hit a long way.
Eight of MLB’s best power hitters will step into the batters’ box at Coors Field — one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in the sport — for the 2021 Home Run Derby.
And there are some exciting stories to follow in this year’s derby. Can Shohei Ohtani become the first pitcher to win it all? Will Pete Alonso be the third player to win back-to-back titles? Is Trevor Story set to become the fourth hometown hero to put on a show for the local fans?
Here’s all the information you need to watch the Home Run Derby on Monday.
When is the Home Run Derby in 2021?
- Date: Monday, July 12
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
MLB’s 2021 Home Run Derby is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 12. It lasts three rounds, with eight MLB players slugging it out in a bracket-style competition until a champion is crowned.
How to watch the 2021 Home Run Derby
Fans will have two options when it comes to watching the 2021 Home Run Derby. There will be the traditional broadcast with Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Buster Olney and Marly Rivera calling the game on ESPN, and there will be the Statcast edition on ESPN2 with Jason Benetti, Jessica Mendoza and Mike Petriello.
Both options will be available for streaming on ESPN+ or fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
Home Run Derby participants 2021
The field for the 2021 Home Run Derby was finalized this week, with the final three — Matt Olson, Juan Soto and Joey Gallo — confirmed to join Shohei Ohtani, Pete Alonso, Trey Mancini Trevor Story and Salvador Perez in Coors Field on Monday to participate in the slugfest.
The brackets for the first round of the tournament were finalized on Wednesday night as well, with the winner of Ohtani vs. Soto set to face off against Perez vs. Alonso on one side of the semifinals and the winner of Gallo vs. Story poised to battle the victor of Olson vs. Mancini on the other side. The winners of the semifinals will then clash to decide the 2021 Home Run Derby champion.
Past Home Run Derby champions
Here’s who has won the Home Run Derby in the past. Ken Griffey Jr. is the only hitter to win the derby in Colorado. He also holds the record for the most Home Run Derby wins overall, sitting at three, including 1998 and 1999 when he became the first player to win the event in back-to-back years.
|2019||Pete Alonso||Mets||Progressive Field (Cleveland)|
|2018||Bryce Harper||Nationals||Nationals Park (Washington, D.C.)|
|2017||Aaron Judge||Yankees||Marlins Park (Miami)|
|2016||Giancarlo Stanton||Marlins||Petco Park (San Diego)|
|2015||Todd Frazier||Reds||Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati)|
|2014||Yoenis Cespedes||Athletics||Target Field (Minneapolis)|
|2013||Yoenis Cespedes||Athletics||Citi Field (New York City)|
|2012||Prince Fielder||Tigers||Kauffman Park (Kansas City)|
|2011||Robinson Cano||Yankees||Chase Field (Phoenix)|
|2010||David Ortiz||Red Sox||Angel Stadium (Anaheim)|
|2009||Prince Fielder||Brewers||Busch Stadium (St. Louis)|
|2008||Justin Morneau||Twins||Yankee Stadium (New York City)|
|2007||Vladimir Guerrero||Angels||AT&T Park (San Francisco)|
|2006||Ryan Howard||Phillies||PNC Park (Pittsburgh)|
|2005||Bobby Abreu||Phillies||Comerica Park (Detroit)|
|2004||Miguel Tejada||Orioles||Minute Maid Park (Houston)|
|2003||Garret Anderson||Angels||U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago)|
|2002||Jason Giambi||Yankees||Miller Park (Milwaukee)|
|2001||Luis Gonzalez||Diamondbacks||Safeco Field (Seattle)|
|2000||Sammy Sosa||Cubs||Turner Field (Atlanta)|
|1999||Ken Griffey Jr.||Mariners||Fenway Park (Boston)|
|1998||Ken Griffey Jr.||Mariners||Coors Field (Colorado)|
|1997||Tino Martinez||Yankees||Jacobs Field (Cleveland)|
|1996||Barry Bonds||Giants||Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)|
|1995||Frank Thomas||White Sox||The Ballpark in Arlington (Arlington)|
|1994||Ken Griffey Jr.||Mariners||Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh)|
|1993||Juan Gonzalez||Rangers||Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore)|
|1992||Mark McGwire||Athletics||Jack Murphy Stadium (San Diego)|
|1991||Cal Ripken Jr.||Orioles||SkyDome (Toronto)|
|1990||Ryne Sandberg||Cubs||Wrigley Field (Chicago)|
|1989*||Ruben Sierra||Rangers||Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim)|
|1989*||Eric Davis||Reds||Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim)|
|1987||Andre Dawson||Cubs||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)|
|1986*||Wally Joyner||Angels||Astrodome (Houston)|
|1986*||Darryl Strawberry||Mets||Astrodome (Houston)|
|1985||Dave Parker||Reds||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minneapolis)|
*Both 1986 and 1989 saw ties in the Home Run Derby