2021 MLB HOME RUN DERBY: Live Stream, TV Channel, Guide to Watch Baseball Tonight
By Space Coast Daily // July 12, 2021
The Home Run Derby field features some of the best and youngest sluggers in the game
Shohei Ohtani headlines this year’s field of participants; Pete Alonso is the defending champ. On Monday, Major League Baseball will continue the 2021 All-Star Game festivities in Denver with the Home Run Derby at Coors Field. Check the best stream to watch online.
This year marks the first All-Star Game and related festivities since 2019. The 2020 edition was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 Home Run Derby field features some of the best (and youngest) sluggers in the game today.
2021 Home Run Derby Streams
■ What: MLB Home Rub Derby
■ Where: Coors Field, Denver
■ When: 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 12
■ TV: ESPN
■ Live stream: Click here to watch
2021 Home Run Derby participants
The 2021 field looks set to deliver a thrilling show on Monday. There’s two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, reigning derby champ Pete Alonso, hometown hero Trevor Story and young star Juan Soto all set to take their swings in Coors Field.
And that’s just a start. Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo might have the most raw power of any player in the majors, Royals catcher Salvador Perez could become the first catcher to win the derby, Athletics first baseman Matt Olson has been one of the best power hitters in the past four years and Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini is having a remarkable comeback season after beating cancer.
How to watch Home Run Derby 2021 on TV
Looking to see some baseballs put into orbit? Tune into ESPN to watch the action at Coors Field. If you’re interested in the numbers behind each long ball, follow the event on ESPN2, where the Statcast broadcast will be carried.
Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez will be in the booth for the coverage on ESPN with Buster Olney and Marly Rivera reporting on the broadcast, while Jason Benetti, Jessica Mendoza and Mike Petriello will call the Statcast edition. Click here to Watch Now
Home Run Derby Odds
William Hill released betting odds for the event, and Ohtani is the favorite to win in Denver. Here are full odds for the eight-man field:
■ Shohei Ohtani: +300
■ Joey Gallo: +450
■ Pete Alonso: +500
■ Matt Olson: +600
■ Salvador Perez: +800
■ Juan Soto: +800
■ Trevor Story: +900
■ Trey Mancini: +1200
2021 Home Run Derby Preview
In addition to the presence of Ohtani, who may be the AL MVP frontrunner thanks to his excellence at the plate and on the mound this season, there’s also the inspiring Mancini, who’s a survivor of stage 3 colon cancer.
Alonso, who won the 2019 Derby, comes in as the defending champ. At age 22, Soto is the youngest Derby participant this year. And if you saw Gallo drop jaws with his batting practice session prior to the 2014 Futures Game, then you can imagine what he’s capable of in this kind of format.
Speaking of the format, it’s a single-elimination tournament. Each contestant has three minutes in the first and second rounds to hit as many home runs as he can. In the finals, each player has two minutes. Players can also receive bonus time based on home run distance.
Each batter gets one, one 45-second timeout in each of the regulation periods (i.e., not during any bonus time that’s added on). Any tie in any round will be broken by a 60-second “swing off.” The winner receives a $1 million prize.
The CBS Sports stable of MLB writers recently conducted a roundtable on this very topic, and five writers made four different predictions — Story, Ohtani, Mancini, and Olson. Since Ohtani was the only participant to earn two votes from us, we’ll go with him. After all, he’s the MLB home run leader, and he also hits the ball harder than almost anyone.