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Home Run Derby Watch Thread

Gallo. Ohtani. Coors Field. What more could you ask for?

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Joey Gallo is finally participating in the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game is in Colorado this year which means Gallo will be taking his cuts at Coors Field. This is must see TV.

The rules of the Derby have changed since the glory days of Josh Hamilton’s 28-dong first round back in 2008. Sluggers gets timed rounds and go masher vs masher bracket style to eliminate the weak one by one.

Gallo is the second seed in the Derby because Shohei Ohtani exists but with Ohtani on the opposite side of the bracket, with any luck, we’ll get a Gallo vs. Ohtani final.

The participants and brackets:

  • 1) Shohei Ohtani (33 HR) vs. 8) Juan Soto (11 HR)
  • 2) Joey Gallo (24 HR) vs. 7) Trevor Story (11 HR)
  • 3) Matt Olson (23 HR) vs. 6) Trey Mancini (16 HR)
  • 4) Salvador Perez (21 HR) vs. 5) Pete Alonso (17 HR)

You can watch the balls soar on ESPN.

Go Joey!