HOME RUN DERBY (MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018 AT 8 PM EST ON ESPN)

  1. There are eight participants in the derby who are seeded in a bracket (like March Madness) by number of home runs they have hit this season. See the bracket and list of participants here.
  2. The players in the derby can still participate even if they’re not on either of the all-star teams the following night.
  3. Last year’s winner, New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, is not participating in this year’s contest, therefore the field is wide open. Vegas odds have the hometown boy Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals as the favorite to win.
  4. There is a theory that participating in the Home Run Derby curses the player’s performance for the second half of the year. It's a ‘curse’ because the players are only swinging for the fences and it messes with their swings.
  5. Nationals Park has four spots where players might aim for with their home runs. Will they hit Nats' pitcher Max Scherzer, curly W, the river or Half Street? 

ALL-STAR GAME (TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018 AT 7:30 PM EST ON FOX)  

  1. The 89th annual MLB All-Star Game is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17 at the home of the Washington Nationals. The last time the game was in D.C. was 1969, and that was also the last time the game had a major weather issue causing the game to be played the next day. (Rain is in the forecast).
  2. During the "Midsummer Classic" the two leagues, the American League and the National League, showcase their best players on the field. (There is one player representing each of the 30 teams on the respective all-star rosters).
  3. The game was originally scheduled to be a one-time summer event during the Great Depression. Chicago was hosting the World’s Fair and the Chicago mayor thought a game between baseball’s best would draw a big crowd. The game was such a success it became an annual tradition.
  4. Pete Rose, who is banned from baseball for betting on games he was playing in, holds the record for the most positions played in an all-star game. He played five different positions.
  5. This will be the second year since 2004 that the winners of the MLB All-Star Game (National League or American League) no longer has home field advantage in the World Series.

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