Home Run Derby 2023 Bracket Printable

The 2023 T-Mobile Home Run Derby will take place at T-Mobile Park in Seattle on July 10, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The event will feature eight of the best sluggers in baseball, who will compete in a single-elimination bracket format to crown the champion.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Home Run Derby 2023, including the participants, the odds, the predictions, and the FAQs.

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The Participants

The eight participants for the Home Run Derby 2023 are:

  • Luis Robert Jr. (Chicago White Sox): The top seed and the AL leader in home runs with 25 as of July 4. Robert is on pace for his first career 50-homer season and has a career-high .643 slugging percentage.
  • Pete Alonso (New York Mets): The defending champion and the second seed with 25 home runs as of July 4. Alonso is looking to join Ken Griffey Jr. as the only three-time winners of the event, having won it in 2019 and 2021.
  • Mookie Betts (Los Angeles Dodgers): The third seed and the NL leader in home runs with 24 as of July 4. Betts is making his Home Run Derby debut after being persuaded by his wife and his mother. He is also a five-time Silver Slugger Award winner and a two-time World Series champion.
  • Adolis García (Texas Rangers): The fourth seed and the AL Rookie of the Year frontrunner with 22 home runs as of July 4. García has been a breakout star for the Rangers, leading all rookies in homers, RBIs, runs, and slugging percentage.
  • Randy Arozarena (Tampa Bay Rays): The fifth seed and the reigning ALCS MVP with 21 home runs as of July 4. Arozarena is on pace for his first career 30-homer season and is ready to turn T-Mobile Park into “Randy Land” during the break.
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays): The sixth seed and the AL MVP favorite with 20 home runs as of July 4. Guerrero holds the single-round (40) and total home run (91) records for the Home Run Derby, but has never won it. He is looking to become the first father-son duo to win the event, following his father Vlad Sr.’s victory in 2007.
  • Julio Rodríguez (Seattle Mariners): The seventh seed and the hometown hero with 19 home runs as of July 4. Rodríguez was the runner-up to Juan Soto in last year’s Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium, hitting a combined 81 homers over three rounds. He is excited to put on a show for the Mariners fans at his home ballpark.
  • Adley Rutschman (Baltimore Orioles): The eighth seed and the surprise entrant with 18 home runs as of July 4. Rutschman is widely regarded as the best prospect in baseball and has been tearing up the minor leagues this season. He is making his MLB debut at the Home Run Derby.

The Odds

According to Caesars Sportsbook, these are the odds for each participant to win the Home Run Derby as of July 9:

  • Pete Alonso: +300
  • Luis Robert Jr.: +350
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr.: +450
  • Mookie Betts: +500
  • Adolis García: +600
  • Randy Arozarena: +700
  • Julio Rodríguez: +800
  • Adley Rutschman: +1000

The Predictions

Here are some predictions from MLB experts and analysts for the Home Run Derby:

  • Larry Hartstein (CBS Sports): Hartstein is fading Alonso and picking Robert to win it all, citing his power and consistency. He also likes Rutschman as a long shot, saying he has nothing to lose and could shock everyone.
  • Ben Verlander (Sports Illustrated): Verlander is going with Betts, who he thinks will thrive under pressure and use his compact swing to hit homers all over the park. He also thinks Guerrero will have another strong showing, but fall short in the final round.
  • Jeff Passan (ESPN): Passan is picking Guerrero, who he believes will finally get his deserved trophy after setting records in 2019. He also thinks Rodríguez will be a fan favorite and make it to the semifinals.

The FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Home Run Derby:

How does the Home Run Derby work?

The Home Run Derby is a single-elimination bracket tournament, where each participant faces another participant in a head-to-head matchup. Each matchup consists of four minutes of batting time, where the batter tries to hit as many home runs as possible. The batter with the most home runs at the end of the four minutes advances to the next round. If there is a tie, there will be a one-minute swing-off, followed by a three-swing swing-off if needed.

The participants can earn bonus time based on the distance of their home runs. If they hit two home runs of at least 440 feet, they will get an extra 30 seconds of batting time. They can also call one 45-second timeout per round, except in the final round, where they can call two timeouts.

How is the Home Run Derby bracket determined?

The Home Run Derby bracket is determined by the participants’ home run totals as of July 4. The participant with the most home runs gets the top seed, and so on. The first-round matchups are:

  • (1) Luis Robert Jr. vs. (8) Adley Rutschman
  • (2) Pete Alonso vs. (7) Julio Rodríguez
  • (3) Mookie Betts vs. (6) Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • (4) Adolis García vs. (5) Randy Arozarena

The winners of each matchup will advance to the semifinals, where they will face each other based on their seeding. The winners of the semifinals will advance to the final round, where they will compete for the Home Run Derby title.

How can I watch the Home Run Derby?

The Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN2 on July 10, at 8 p.m. ET. You can also stream it online on ESPN.com or the ESPN app, or watch it on MLB.com or the MLB app.

Who won the Home Run Derby last year?

The Home Run Derby last year was won by Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals, who defeated Julio Rodríguez of the Seattle Mariners in the final round, 28-27. Soto hit a record-breaking 46 homers in the first round, including a 520-foot blast that was the longest in Derby history. He also hit a walk-off homer in the swing-off against Shohei Ohtani in the first round, after they tied with 28 homers each in regulation and one minute of extra time.

Who has won the most Home Run Derbies?

The most Home Run Derbies have been won by Ken Griffey Jr., who won three times in 1994, 1998, and 1999. He is followed by Yoenis Céspedes and Pete Alonso, who have both won twice, in 2013 and 2014 for Céspedes, and in 2019 and 2021 for Alonso.

Who has hit the most home runs in a single Home Run Derby?

The most home runs in a single Home Run Derby have been hit by Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who hit 91 homers in 2019. He set the record for most homers in a round with 40 in the first round, and also hit 29 homers in each of the next two rounds. He lost to Pete Alonso in the final round, 23-22.

Who has hit the longest home run in Home Run Derby history?

The longest home run in Home Run Derby history has been hit by Juan Soto, who hit a 520-foot homer in the first round of the 2022 Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium. He broke the previous record of 513 feet, set by Aaron Judge in 2017.

What is the prize for winning the Home Run Derby?

The prize for winning the Home Run Derby is $1 million, which is awarded to the champion. The runner-up gets $500,000, while the other participants get $150,000 each. The total prize pool is $2.5 million.

What are some fun facts about the Home Run Derby?

Here are some fun facts about the Home Run Derby:

  • The first Home Run Derby was held in 1985 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, and was won by Dave Parker of the Cincinnati Reds.
  • The youngest participant ever was Bryce Harper, who was 20 years old when he competed in 2013. The oldest participant ever was David Ortiz, who was 40 years old when he competed in 2016.
  • The only switch-hitter to win the Home Run Derby was Lance Berkman, who did it in 2004.
  • The only participant to win the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game MVP in the same year was Cal Ripken Jr., who did it in 1991.
  • The only participant to hit a ball out of a stadium during the Home Run Derby was Frank Thomas, who did it in 1995 at The Ballpark in Arlington.
  • The only participant to hit a ball into water during the Home Run Derby was Josh Hamilton, who did it in 2008 at Yankee Stadium.

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