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Updates and Rumors of 2022 MLB All-Star Event

Updates and Rumors of 2022 MLB All-Star Event

Updates and Rumors of 2022 MLB All-Star Event. The biggest event of MLB’s All-Star week is the Home Run Derby. The MLB’s top sluggers need to hit the maximum runs in a given amount of time.

MLB All-Star Week Schedule | MLB.com, Updates and Rumors of 2022 MLB All-Star Event. The biggest event of MLB's All-Star week is the Home Run Derby.

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Pete Alonso is the defending champion 2 times. But his presence is doubtful. He will participate if voted the NL starter in Los Angeles. Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt defeated him in round 2. MLB declared he will be part of the Derby Monday.

Key players in MLB history who participated and won the Derby include:

  • Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Sammy Sosa
  • Vladimir Guerrero Sr.
  • David Ortiz
  • Giancarlo Stanton
  • Aaron Judge
  • Bryce Harper.

Harper will miss this year due to a thumb injury.

Who will be there in the Home Run Derby on July 18 at Dodger Stadium? There are also some rumors which may affect participation.

Home Run Derby 2022 Updates

July 11

  • Byron Buxton refused to be a part of Home Run Derby. This update is by Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News. 
  • Juan Soto’s second consecutive appearance in the Home Run Derby will happen. The update is by Talkin’ Baseball. Soto defeated Shohei Ohtani in the 2021 first round. Later he lost to Alonso in the semifinal.
  • Albert Pujols, an active leader with 684. He will participate in the Home Run Derby. Update by The Athletic’s Katie Woo. Pujols was part of the Home Run Derby in 2003, 2007, 2009, and 2015.
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. declared on his Instagram story about his participation. He was part of the 2019 Home Run Derby and reached the semifinal round. Later he lost to Alonso.
  • Pete Alonso is confirmed in the Home Run Derby. The MLB announced on Monday via a tweet. He will make an effort to defend the back-to-back titles.
  • Yordan Alvarez made no decision yet. He faced a hand injury due to a collision with teammate Jeremy Peña. He will be out of the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game.
  • Bryce Harper has an injured thumb. The Phillies are planning to bring him back before the postseason. Harper will not be there during All-Star week festivities.

July 10

NL’s home run leader is Kyle Schwarber.  He is planning for the Home Run Derby, with a condition.

Kyle spoke to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, “I don’t think I’d do it if I wasn’t there,” he said to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. “If I was there, I would consider it. It was fun but taxing. I’d be up in the air about it.”

2018, offered many fun ties to the Phillies. It was the last for Philly to compete in the Home Run Derby.  

He was not runner-up, Schwarber. Even though it was not the winner Bryce Harper. Well, the name was Rhys Hoskins. Schwarber knocked him out in round 2.

Schwarber didn’t participate after that. He got an All-Star nod for the year. The fans can expect his participation.

July 9

Giancarlo Stanton remained less finite, when compared to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. It’s about discussing participation in the Derby. 

Stanton looks interested in participating, although not sure.

Stanton delivered an outstanding performance in the 2016 Home Run Derby victory. 

That time he was representing the Marlins. He delivered a ridiculous 61 home runs. After 2017, he didn’t participate.

June 28

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is one of the outstanding runner-ups in Derby. His best performance of all time was in 2019. That night he hit 91 home runs. It was an epic duel with winner Alonso.

He will not be seen this year for a hand injury.

Guerrero said, “My wrist is fine right now, but I’ve got to be careful — there are too many swings in a home run derby,” “I don’t want to take a chance that my wrist gets hurt again and it gets worse, and I won’t be able to help the team win, which is what we’re trying to do here. I don’t want to risk it.”

June 16

MLB home run leader and winner of 2017 Aaron Judge is not participating this year.

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