Get ready to see some big time home runs. Back after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Home Run Derby returns in 2021 in one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in baseball with some of the game’s best power hitters set to take their hacks.
Of course, all eyes will be on Angels star Shohei Ohtani, who has launched 16 long balls since June 15 to take the MLB lead with 33 homers. No other player in the league has more than 28. There’s also the hometown hitter in Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and the reigning champion in Mets first baseman Pete Alonso. Both players are looking to have some historic wins — only three times has the winner of the derby been from the local team, and only twice has a batter repeated as the winner.
Fans will also watch Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini continue his sensational comeback season after beating cancer last year, along with Royals catcher Salvador Perez, who is hoping to become the first backstop to win the event, and 22-year-old Nationals phenom Juan Soto, who will try to be the youngest winner. They’ll contend with AL West sluggers Joey Gallo of the Rangers and Matt Olson of the Athletics, who have each hit the most home runs of any batter in the field since 2017.
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Home Run Derby live updates, highlights from 2021 contest
9:58 p.m.: Mancini will have to hit 13 home runs to top Story, who hit 12 in his second round.
9:56 p.m.: The Rockies shortstop gets only 30 seconds of extra time after launching 10 home runs.
9:53 p.m.: Story takes a timeout with 1:28 left. He’s up to five home runs.
9:52 p.m.: Story taking his hacks first.
Round 1 updates
9:50 p.m.: During that thrilling first round, Soto hit a home run 520 feet, the longest of the derby so far. Story’s 518 and Alonso at 514 are second and third.
9:45 p.m.: All the underdogs are moving on. No. 5 Pete Alonso vs. No. 8 Juan Soto; No. 6 Trey Mancini vs. No. 7 Trevor Story.
9:43 p.m.: Ohtani’s first swing is a groundball. Soto stuns the two-way phenom and moves on to face Alonso in the second round.
9:42 p.m.: Three-for-three. Soto throws up a perfect frame.
9:40 p.m.: Second swing is gone.
9:40 p.m.: First swing by Soto is a homer.
9:38 p.m.: This matchup is headed to another swing-off. Ohtani slugs six homers to tie Soto. The Nationals outfielder will get the first three swings to hit as many homers as he can.
9:36 p.m.: 28 home runs for Soto as he picks up some late steam. Ohtani needs to hit six to force a three-swing swing-off or seven to win.
9:35 p.m.: Soto leading off the one minute swing-off.
9:32 p.m.: Ohtani ties it up with a minute of extra time. Three of those went more than 500 feet. Soto and Ohtani are going to swing-off.
9:30 p.m.: The last home run by Ohtani went 513 and he’s up to 16 with a minute of extra time. Will he catch Soto at 22?
9:28 p.m.: Ohtani calls a timeout with 1:20 left. He’s only got five home runs, but he’s finding some momentum here with four homers in his past six swings.
9:27 p.m.: It isn’t until the 10th swing that Ohtani hits a home run.
9:23 p.m.: The 22-year-old Nationals phenom hits 22 home runs. Will it be enough to beat Ohtani?
9:20 p.m.: Soto will get the extra minute of bonus time. He hits 18 before the break.
9:18 p.m.: Soto takes a timeout with nine home runs.
9:16 p.m.: Juan Soto hoping to get off to a quick start against Shohei Ohtani. He’s got seven in the first minute, including one at 520 feet to right field.
9:13 p.m.: Perez hit seven straight home runs to wrap up the round and would have beat almost any other batter so far. The only problem? Alonso was not any other batter.
9:11 p.m.: Perez had a strong first round, hitting 17 home runs at an average distance of 456 feet. He gets an extra minute to swing, but he’ll need to hit 18 more in order to tie Alonso.
9:08 p.m.: Perez hits five straight for a home run, but with 1:44 left, he takes a timeout at only nine home runs. He’s got a long way to go to catch the Polar Bear.
9:06 p.m.: Alonso’s 35 home runs were a record for the first round of a derby. This format is a minute shorter than last year.
9:05 p.m.: Pete. Alonso. 35 home runs in the first round. Royals catcher Salvador Perez has a massive mountain to climb if he’s going to be the first catcher to win the Home Run Derby.
9:02 p.m.: Alonso is now up to two home runs over 510 as he hits another 514 feet. He’s averaging 455 feet per home runs and he hit 25 before he reaches his minute of extra time.
9:00 p.m.: Pete Alonso destroyed those baseballs. One went 512 feet and another over 490 feet. He takes a timeout with 13 home runs.
8:58 p.m.: The reigning champ is up. He’s already clubbed two in the first 15 seconds.
8:55 p.m.: Story will face Mancini in the second round of the Home Run Derby.
8:52 p.m.: Gallo goes on a run in his extra minute, but he falls one home run short at 19. 40 percent of his swings left the yard.
8:50 p.m.: The Rangers slugger will need nine to tie Story with a minute of extra time to swing.
8:49 p.m.: Gallo earns the extra minute of time for him, but he has yet to reach double-digit totals with under a minute to go.
8:47 p.m.: Gallo calls a timeout with 1:44 left. He’s up to four so far. He’s already hit one more than 475 feet, but he’ll need to find his rhythm to catch Story at 20.
8:46 p.m.: There aren’t many players with the kind of raw power Gallo has. He’s got one through the first 30 seconds.
8:43 p.m.: The Rockies shortstop hits 20 long balls. Now, it’s time for Joey Gallo.
8:41 p.m.: Story will get an extra minute of bonus time. He’s racked up 16 home runs and most of those were crushed.
8:39 p.m.: Story takes his timeout. Longest home run for him went 518 feet.
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8:38 p.m.: Wondering what happened to that fan that made the incredible catch on Olson’s home run? Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan caught up with the fan who made the grab.
8:37 p.m.: The hometown hitter is up to plate and he’s already electrifying the crowd. He’s sending some home runs a long way.
8:35 p.m.: Mancini is moving on to the second round after putting on a show early.
8:33 p.m.: What would have been home run No. 24 sailed just to the right of the foul pole and is a foul ball. Mancini will advance to the next round with 24 homers to Olson’s 23.
8:32 p.m.: Olson is now up to 22. 10 seconds left.
8:31 p.m.: Olson will have a minute to catch Mancini. He needs seven to force a swing-off and eight to take the lead outright.
8:28 p.m.: The A’s first baseman isn’t moving at a particularly fast rate, but he’s making the most of his swings, hitting homers on 59 percent of his swings. He takes a timeout with 10 homers clobbered already. His longest so far is 472 feet and he has already earned his bonus time.
8:27 p.m.: Matt Olson is starting up.
8:25 p.m.: Mancini uses his extra minute of time to send 24 baseballs over the fence. His longest home run was 496 feet, according to the broadcast. What a start to this derby. Now, it’s up to Matt Olson to top that.
8:24 p.m.: First swing back is a home run. Now he’s got another one to make it 21 homers total.
8:22 p.m.: The timeout really did the trick for Mancini. He hits 58 percent of his swings for home runs and finishes with 19 homers. Four of them went at least 475 feet, which means he’ll get an extra minute of bonus time.
8:21 p.m.: Mancini is spraying these all over the field. He’s on a roll right now, running a streak up to five straight homers to reach 14 long balls.
8:20 p.m.: Mancini hits his third and fourth on the second and third swings back from the timeout. He’s looking comfortable now.
8:19 p.m.: Mancini uses his timeout 53 seconds into his round. He’ll get a 30-second break in the action.
8:18 p.m.: And we are underway. Mancini is quickly off to two home runs already.
8:13 p.m.: This year, the format will be changed. There will be three-minute at-bats instead of four minutes in the past.
8:02 p.m.: Think this guy is ready for the derby?
8:00 p.m.: It is time for the Home Run Derby. Without the use of a humidor at Coors Field, expect to see some home runs hit a long way.
Home Run Derby bracket 2021
Round 2 results
Trey Mancini vs. Trevor Story
Pete Alonso vs. Juan Soto
Round 1 results
Shohei Ohtani vs. Juan Soto
Salvador Perez vs. Pete Alonso
Joey Gallo vs. Trevor Story
Matt Olson vs. Trey Mancini
What time is the Home Run Derby?
Coverage of the Home Run Derby starts at 7 p.m. ET on both ESPN and ESPN2 with “Baseball Tonight” and “Baseball Tonight, Statcast Edition,” respectively. The derby itself will begin at 8 p.m. ET on the two channels, with ESPN carrying the traditional broadcast and ESPN2 providing the “Statcast Edition.”
MLB All-Star schedule
Sunday, July 11
|3 p.m.||SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game||MLB Network|
|7 p.m.||Start of MLB Draft (first round, comp picks)||ESPN|
Monday, July 12
|8 p.m.||T-Mobile Home Run Derby||ESPN|
|10 p.m.||All-Star Celebrity Softball Game||ESPN|
Tuesday, July 13
|7 p.m.||MLB All-Star Game Presented by Mastercard||ESPN|