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2015 Home Run Derby Matchups Set

(mlb.com)

(mlb.com)

The 2015 Home Run Derby’s matchups were officially announced on Wednesday nigh. Below is a list of the eight players, the numbers they were seeded and their opponents for the first round. (The seeds are 1-8 in with 1 being the most home runs hit as of this week and 8 being the least amount).

#1 Albert Pujols (26) vs. #8 Kris Bryant (12)

* Winner of each matchup will face each other.

#4 Joc Pederson (20) vs. #5 Manny Machado (19)

 

#2 Todd Frazier (25) vs. #7 Prince Fielder (13)

*Winner of each matchup will face each other.

#3 Josh Donaldson (21) vs.  #6 Anthony Rizzo (16)

 

Home Run Derby Fun Facts:

-Bryant, Pederson, Rizzo and Machado are all first time participants in the Home Run Derby whereas Frazier and Donaldson both took part last year.

-Prince Fielder previously won the Home Run Derby in 2009 and 2012.

-Todd Frazier was the runner-up in the 2014 Derby and this year could definitely be a front runner in front of a home crowd in his home ballpark in Cincinnati.

-A few  names that were clearly missing from this year’s list include the Detroit Tigers’ Yoenis Cespedes has won the last two Home Run Derby Competitions in 2013 and 2014 but won’t be participating in this year’s Derby, he is one of five candidates in the American League’s Final Vote contest for the final spot on the All-Star Roster. The Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper also won’t be participating in this year’s contest because his father, who usually pitches to him in the Home Run Derby, is recovering from surgery and wouldn’t be able to participate and Bryce would rather not do it without his Father.

The 2015 Home Run Derby will take place on Monday evening at 8 pm at Great American Ballpark.

 

Bethany Cohen

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