Major League Baseball is headed into its final weekend before the All-Star break, and that means it’s almost time for All-Star week festivities in Denver, Colorado at Coors Field. Of course there is the game itself, but that is preceded by the always popular Home Run Derby.
The Home Run Derby is scheduled to take place Monday, July 12, with the ESPN broadcast starting at 8 p.m. ET. The Derby itself will be preceded by batting practice and pre-Derby ceremonies. National League batting practice will take place from 5:15 to 6:10 p.m., American League BP will take place from 6:15 to 7:10 p.m., and Derby participants will get extra BP from 7:10 to 7:25 p.m. Pre-Derby ceremonies will run from 7:45 to 8 p.m.
ESPN is broadcasting the Derby itself, but MLB Network and Baseball Tonight will offer coverage before the event starts. MLB Network will air “MLB Tonight 2021 All-Star Batting Practice” from 6 to 8 p.m. and ESPN will air “Baseball Tonight” from 7 to 8 p.m. Karl Ravech will handle play-by-play duties for the Derby, and he’ll be joined by analyst Eduardo Perez and reporters Buster Olney and Marly Rivera. It will be available via live stream at WatchESPN and through the ESPN app.
Here is what the first round bracket looks like:
(1) Shohei Ohtani vs. (8) Juan Soto
(4) Salvador Perez vs. (5) Pete Alonso
(2) Joey Gallo vs. (7) Trevor Story
(3) Matt Olson vs. (6) Trey Mancini
Here’s a look at DraftKings Sportsbook odds to win the 2021 Home Run Derby
Shohei Ohtani: +350
Joey Gallo: +450
Pete Alonso: +525
Matt Olson: +580
Salvador Perez: +700
Juan Soto: +750
Trevor Story: +800
Trey Mancini: +1000