For the second straight year, Giancarlo Stanton will compete in the event that centers around what he does best: crush massive homers.
Wait till you see the reigning champ on his home turf.— ESPN (@espn) June 25, 2017
Giancarlo Stanton is BACK for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on July 10 on ESPN. pic.twitter.com/cUgnXC7Jyh
Not only is it big news because Stanton will compete in his home ball park, but also because he is the defending Home Run Derby champion. The slugger dominated the field in last year’s competition, kicking it off by blasting a 2016 Derby-best 24 big flies in the first round to eliminate Robinson Cano.
Stanton backed that up by hitting 17 bombs in the semifinal to knock out eventual MLB home run leader Mark Trumbo before hitting 20 in the final round at Petco Park in San Diego to defeat Todd Frazier and win the crown.
The defending champ will now have an even bigger advantage in his home ballpark, although he will still have to out-slug the likes of Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger.
Eleven of Stanton’s 20 home runs this season have come in Miami, and the artist formerly known as Mike has hit the two longest dingers at Marlins Park this season, with the farthest one finally touching the earth 460 feet from home plate. And, at 118.7 mph, Stanton has hit the hardest ball in the majors this season by someone not named Judge.
In conclusion, Stanton hits the ball very hard and very far, and he should be the favorite going into this year’s derby.