HOME RUN DERBY (MONDAY, JULY 10, 2017 AT 8 PM EST ON ESPN)
- 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.
- The players in the derby can still participate even if they’re not on either of the all-star teams the following night.
- Last year’s winner Giancarlo Stanton is defending his title at this year’s event. Although the Vegas odds have Stanton and New York Yankees’ rookie Aaron Judge tied as to who will take home the trophy.
- 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.
- Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger is leading the National League in home runs but he had one stipulation for participating in the derby. His dad had to pitch to him. Clay (dad) was formerly a MLB (Major League Baseball) player and is now firefighter in Arizona. Kudos to his co-workers who stepped up and covered Clay’s shifts so he can pitch to his son in the derby.
ALL-STAR GAME (TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017 AT 8 PM EST ON FOX)
- The 88th annual MLB All-Star Game is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11th at the home of the Miami Marlins, Marlins Park.
- During the "Midsummer Classic" the two leagues, the American League and the National League, showcase their best players on the field. The National League has the most overall all-star game wins – 43 – 42 (plus two tie games).
- 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.
- 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.
- This will be the first 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.