It’s the 89th All Star Game Weekend, so you know what that means… Baseball takes a break, the best players in the game meet up for a game that means absolutely nothing anymore, and the home run derby is upon us. This year, the MLB went a different route with who is and who isn’t in the derby This will be a year where players like Kyle Schwarber and Max Muncy (not elected to the All Star Roster) will participate in the Home Run Derby. First of all, I love this move, if MLB players want to be a bunch of “can’t hack-it, panty waisted, who wears their momma’s bra’s” then so be it. Bring in the fucking guys that want to put on a show. Let’s measure out the Bracket this year.
The bracket for the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby! pic.twitter.com/tai9MAU4yG
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 12, 2018
The hometown boy is trying to join the club of Ryne Sandberg and Clint Frazier to win the derby at his home ballpark. Harper has been in a slump of sorts as we closed out the first half of the season, hitting .214/.365/.468 but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t on a fucking mission… because he is. Harper was a participant in the 2013 Home Run Derby and went all the way to the final round before losing to Yoenis Cespedes 9-8. He is a clear cut favorite to win it all this year but I doubt he will.
Getting in on the final vote, Jesus Aguilar is thrilled to be a part of the Home Run Derby. Aguilar is mashing the ball this year in the from of a .298/.373/.621 slash line. He’s got 24 homers in the first half of the year, which is a big daddy number. A lot of people think that he should have been on the starting roster in the first place or at least the reserve roster, and I agree. A guy who is hitting this well should not have gone to the final vote. Regardless, left field better get ready to be penetrated by baseballs from Jesus.
Freeman is having a career year in 2018. Hitting .315/.405/.533 and an OPS in the fucking 900’s, he is for sure the starting first baseman this year. Freeman has 16 HR’s in the campaign so far with many more to come. His swing is as cool as the other side of the pillow, and the uppercut motion just tells me that the balls will be hitting the upper decks in right field tonight. (Tell me I’m wrong)
Javy out here hitting Javy bombs at an alarming rate. .292/.326/.566 slash line and leading the Cubs in almost every batting category so far, including home runs with 19. Javy’s swing just screams home run derby. It’s violent, it’s hard, it’s Javy, and I can’t wait to see how far the piss missiles travel off of Javy’s bat tonight. As a Cubs guy, I’ll be rooting for him.
The unsung Dodger savior for the 2018 season will show off his superior bat this year. Muncy has 22 home runs on the year, the fastest to do it in Dodger history. The ball pops off the bat like it’s full of bouncy balls, so it’s hard not to think that this guy might bring it home. He’s got the pop and the launch angle but the question is, does he have the stamina? We shall see.
The young slugger out of Houston is a huge underdog in the derby this year. He’s scrappy and has a mean swing. Bregman has 20 homers in the first half and one of them was the most no doubt walk off I’ve ever seen. The ball went 6000 feet and he knew it with a beautiful bat flip. I like Bregman to be the dark horse tonight.
Coming out of Philly is Rhys Hoskins. 14 dingers on his resume. Being the guy in the bracket with the least amount of home runs probably means Hoskins is on a mission just like Harper. He has great barrel placement and a very controlled swing. That saves his juice because everyone knows, the derby is a marathon not a sprint (ask Josh Hamilton).
I saved Schwarber for last because he is my pick to win the derby. Ever since the 2015 Postseason when Schwarber put one on top of the Budweiser sign in right field, I knew he was destined for the derby. 18 dingers so far and all of them have been no doubters. His swing is smooth and powerful, that’s all. Straight up, big dick power and I love it.
All in all I think the Home Run Derby will be very entertaining this year. I want to know who you guys choose to win, so give me a shoutout on twitter. (@topshelfolson) Don’t forget to tune in to ESPN at 8PM ET (6PM MST) and watch some balls go “back, back, back, back, back, back, GONE!”