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Gunnar Henderson now knows his competitors in the Home Run Derby

By meerna Jul11,2024
Gunnar Henderson now knows his competitors in the Home Run Derby

The Baltimore Orioles are in the process of building another exceptional season.

If they can maintain their high level of play in the second half of the year, they will give themselves a chance to win back-to-back AL East titles for the first time since the 1970s.

The Orioles aren’t focused on that right now. They need to find a way to turn around a losing streak and a series loss to the Chicago Cubs that leaves them 5-5 in their last 10 games.

They played a tough schedule in June, and things won’t get any easier when they face the New York Yankees in a huge game before the All-Star break. Given the way Baltimore has been beating their division rivals, they’re probably itching to get into this series.

For players not participating in the All-Star Game, this non-game stretch will be a chance to regain strength and prepare for the second half of the season.

Gunnar Henderson, meanwhile, is shouldering the full burden of responsibility, taking part in the Midsummer Classic and Home Run Derby.

The accomplished shortstop was the first to sign up for the event, but now he knows who he will be competing against for the prize.

Two-time champion Pete Alonso is seeking a third win, tying the record. Previous participants Adolis Garcia and Jose Ramirez return for 2024, while Henderson will be joined by newcomers Alec Bohm, Bobby Witt Jr., Teoscar Hernandez and Marcell Ozuna.

This year’s edition will have a new format.

There is no longer a bracket of head-to-head matches. Instead, all eight sluggers will compete in the first round, which will consist of a three-minute inning or a 40-maximum inning, whichever comes first. The four players who hit the most home runs will advance.

In the semifinals, the bracket returns and the remaining four teams are seeded 1-4 based on the number of homeruns scored in Round 1. The same three-minute limit or 40 pitches maximum still applies at this stage.

The two finalists will face each other in the final round of two minutes or a maximum of 27 throws.

Henderson is hoping to become the third Orioles player in history to win the Home Run Derby, joining legendary players Cal Ripken Jr. and Miguel Tejada.

By meerna

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