Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby is always one of the most highly-anticipated events of the summer in sports.
The competition, which puts a group of baseball’s best sluggers in a home run-hitting contest against one another, will take place on Monday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
On Thursday, Major League Baseball released the bracket and participants for this year’s contest.
The new bracket-style of the competition pits these competitors against each other in the first round.
- #1 seed Christian Yelich (Brewers) vs. #8 seed Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays)
- #4 seed Alex Bergman (Astros) vs. #5 seed Joc Pederson (Dodgers)
- #2 seed Pete Alonso (Mets) vs. #7 seed Carlos Santana (Indians)
- #3 seed Josh Bell (Pirates) vs. #6 seed Ronald Acuña (Braves)
The seeding is based on the number of home runs hit by each player in the regular season. The current MLB home run leader with 31, 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich, is the top-seeded hitter in the competition.
Players have 5 minutes in each round to hit as many home runs as they can in each round.
Last year, Bryce Harper took home the trophy at Nationals Park.
This year’s Derby will be held at 8 pm Eastern Time at Progressive Field and will be broadcast on ESPN.