CINCINNATI’S FRAZIER AND TWO-TIME CHAMPION FIELDER HEADLINE
THE 2015 GILLETTE HOME RUN DERBY PRESENTED BY HEAD & SHOULDERS
American League Home Run Leader Pujols Claims Top Seed;
Showcase Also Features Bryant, Donaldson, Machado, Pederson & Rizzo
Todd Frazier of the host Cincinnati Reds and two-time champion Prince Fielder (2009, 2012) of the Texas Rangers are among the eight participants in the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, Major League Baseball announced today. The 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders will be held on Monday, July 13th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, home of the Reds, and broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 8:00 p.m. (ET).
The annual showcase also features Chicago Cubs rookie third baseman Kris Bryant; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, who was MLB’s leading vote-getter for the 2015 All-Star Game; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado; Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Joc Pederson; three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
This year’s Derby will introduce a new streamlined format featuring brackets and timed rounds. Brackets in the first round were seeded based on 2015 home run totals through Tuesday’s games. The first round matchups will include: No. 1 seed Pujols vs. No. 8 seed Bryant; No. 2 seed Frazier vs. No. 7 seed Fielder; No. 3 seed Donaldson vs. No. 6 seed Rizzo; and No. 4 seed Pederson vs. No. 5 seed Machado.
Fielder will be participating in his sixth career Derby and the fourth in the last five years (also 2007, 2009, 2011-13). He will join Ken Griffey Jr. (8), Mark McGwire (7), Barry Bonds (6) and Sammy Sosa (6) as the only players to participate at least six times. Pujols, who reached the final round in 2003, will compete in the event for the fourth time in his career (also 2003, 2007, 2009). Frazier, a finalist last year at Target Field in Minnesota, and Donaldson are taking part in the Derby for the second consecutive year. Pederson, Machado, Rizzo and Bryant will all take part in the Derby for the first time in their career.
Frazier will become the 18th player from a host team to partake in the Derby, and it marks the third consecutive year for the Derby to feature a hometown competitor, following David Wright at Citi Field in 2013 and Brian Dozier in Minnesota last year.
Rizzo and Bryant will become the first pair of Cubs teammates and the 15th pair of teammates overall to compete in the Derby in the same year. Pederson and Bryant will become just the fifth and sixth rookies to compete in the Derby, joining California’s Wally Joyner (1986), Oakland’s Jose Canseco (1986) and McGwire (1987), and Mike Piazza of the Dodgers (1993).
In addition to coverage on ESPN and MLB.com, the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders will be broadcast live on ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN and ESPN Radio in the U.S. as well as ESPN International. For more information, please visit www.allstargame.com.
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2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders
Home Runs in a Given Round
474 or less
420-474 & 475+; or both 475+