New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, who is trying to become the first player to win three straight games, is the No. 2 seed.
LOS ANGELES — The fixtures for baseball’s home run derby are set.
Philadelphia Phillies hitter Kyle Schwarber will be the top seed next Monday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles thanks to his 28 home runs through Wednesday — the tallest of the eight players in the field.
Schwarber meets 8th seed Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round.
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, who is trying to become the first player to win three straight games, is the No. 2 seed and will face off against Atlanta outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr., the seventh seed.
Third-seeded Texas Rangers’ Corey Seager, who was drafted into the American League roster on Thursday as an injury substitute for next Tuesday’s All-Star Game, will face 21-year-old Seattle rookie Julio Rodríguez, the Number 6 of the seed, line up.
Seager spent his first seven major league seasons with the Dodgers before signing with the Rangers last offseason.
Washington Nationals No. 4 Juan Soto takes on fifth-place Cleveland Guardians Jose Ramírez.
The seedings and matchups announced Thursday night by Major League Baseball were based on each player’s home run totals through Wednesday.
Alonso hit a total of 74 homers in last year’s derby at Denver’s Coors Field and defeated Baltimore’s Trey Mancini 23-22 in the final round. Alonso was the only player to win consecutive titles, alongside Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) and Yoenis Céspedes (2013-14). Griffey also won in 1994 and is the lone three-time champion.
Pujols will take part in his fifth derby after falling short in 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2015. He and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera were named to the All-Star list as special picks by Commissioner Rob Manfred.
Pujols will be making his 11th All-Star appearance, competing in the derby at one of his former homes. He played 85 games for the Dodgers last season after being dropped by the Los Angeles Angels, then signed with St. Louis ahead of this season, which he said will be his last.
Pujols, 42, has six career homers and 685 this season, ranking fifth on the career list.
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Rodríguez will be the 14th rookie to take part in the derby and only two of those have won straight away: Alonso in 2019 and Aaron Judge in 2017.
Judge leads the majors in homers with 31 and will start the All-Star Game as the top vote-picker in the AL, but the New York Yankees star isn’t in the derby.
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