Two-time champion Prince Fielder (2009, 2012) of the Texas Rangers is among the eight participants in the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, Major League Baseball announced today. The 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders will be held on Monday, July 13th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, home of the Reds, and
broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 8:00 p.m. (ET).
Fielder is the first Ranger to participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby since Nelson Cruz was the runner-up to Fielder in 2009 at St. Louis. Josh Hamilton participated in 2008 at New York’s old Yankee Stadium, hitting a record 28 home runs in the first round before losing in the finals to Justin Morneau.
The annual showcase also features Todd Frazier of the host Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs rookie third baseman Kris
Bryant; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, who was MLB’s leading vote-getter for the 2015 All-Star Game; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado; Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Joc Pederson; three-time NL MVP
Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
This year’s Derby will introduce a new streamlined format featuring brackets and timed rounds. Brackets
in the first round were seeded based on 2015 home run totals through Tuesday’s games. The first round
matchups will include: No. 1 seed Pujols vs. No. 8 seed Bryant; No. 2 seed Frazier vs. No. 7 seed Fielder; No. 3
seed Donaldson vs. No. 6 seed Rizzo; and No. 4 seed Pederson vs. No. 5 seed Machado.
Fielder will be participating in his sixth career Derby and the fourth in the last five years (also 2007, 2009,
2011-13). He will join Ken Griffey Jr. (8), Mark McGwire (7), Barry Bonds (6) and Sammy Sosa (6) as the only
players to participate at least six times. Pujols, who reached the final round in 2003, will compete in the event for
the fourth time in his career (also 2003, 2007, 2009). Frazier, a finalist last year at Target Field in Minnesota, and
Donaldson are taking part in the Derby for the second consecutive year. Pederson, Machado, Rizzo and Bryant will
all take part in the Derby for the first time in their career.
Frazier will become the 18th player from a host team to partake in the Derby, and it marks the third
consecutive year for the Derby to feature a hometown competitor, following David Wright at Citi Field in 2013 and
Brian Dozier in Minnesota last year.
Rizzo and Bryant will become the first pair of Cubs teammates and the 15th pair of teammates overall to
compete in the Derby in the same year. Pederson and Bryant will become just the fifth and sixth rookies to
compete in the Derby, joining California’s Wally Joyner (1986), Oakland’s Jose Canseco (1986) and McGwire (1987),
and Mike Piazza of the Dodgers (1993).