The 2014 MLB Home Run Derby live stream and TV coverage is scheduled for tonight, as baseball's best gather at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On the eve on the 85th All-Star summer classic fans will jam pack the home of the Minnesota Twins in hopes of catching a home run ball or two as they cheer on their favorite sluggers in the annual derby.
According to a MLB.com report on July 13, tonight will be an anniversary of sorts as the Home Run Derby returns to the city it was born in. Back then the derby was created on the field, kind of by accident, and was seen only by the fans who were in the stadium at the time. Nowadays the Home Run Derby is almost bigger than the All-Star game itself!
Back in 1985 fans who wanted to see the derby only to had to pay a charitable donation of two dollars to enter the Metrodome and watch five hitters from each league stage a swing-off in between the American League and National League workouts. With an affair that seemed no different really than a casual batting practice the totals were added up and the AL had edged the NL by a few home runs and Dave Parker was crowned the first unofficial champ of the Home Run Derby.
The event has sure come a long ways! This year Toronto's Jose Bautista and Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki were nominated team captains as they try to lead their team to victory.
Las Vegas odds makers have Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton listed as the favorite. Stanton has incredible power and usually puts on quite a display almost every day in batting practice by hitting 400 feet plus home runs. Last year's champion, Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes is listed second by odd makers at 5/1.
The 2014 Home Run Derby will take place tonight at 8 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN nationally and streaming live online through Watch ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Below is a list of the contestants and the Vegas odd to win.
Jose Bautista — Toronto Blue Jays
Yoenis Cespedes — Oakland Athletics
Adam Jones — Baltimore Orioles
Brian Dozier — Minnesota Twins
Josh Donaldson — Oakland Athletics
Troy Tulowitzki — Colorado Rockies
Yasiel Puig — Los Angeles Dodgers
Giancarlo Stanton — Miami Marlins
Todd Frazier — Cincinnati Reds
Justin Morneau — Colorado Rockies
Odds to win 2014 MLB Home Run Derby
- Giancarlo Stanton, 2/1
- Joey Bautista, 5/1
- Yoenis Cespedes, 5/1
- Yasiel Puig, 6/1
- Troy Tulowitzki, 13/2
- Josh Donaldson, 10/1
- Adam Jones, 12/1
- Brian Dozier, 12/1
- Todd Frazier, 12/1
- Justin Morneau, 15/1