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MLB All-Star Game 2016: Watch and discuss Carlos González and the Home Run Derby

Home runs there will be many.

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Carlos González will represent the Colorado Rockies in the 2016 Home Run Derby at Petco Park in San Diego. He'll face off against last year's winner Todd Frazier in the first round.

This will be the second derby appearance for González, who hit four homers in the 2012 event in Kansas City. He had a chance to participate in a few others but was unable to do so. He's glad to be making up ground now.

"I was scheduled to do two previously and I had to pull out a couple days before both of them," CarGo told reporters during a press conference on Monday. "So, I figured I wanted to regain those opportunities and this was a good one."

CarGo hit a career high 40 home runs in 2015 and has been one of the most prolific home run hitters in the majors since last season. Over the past calendar year, González has 47 home runs in 655 plate appearances. That trails only Chris Davis, who has hit 50 dingers, but in 696 plate appearances.

Of course, CarGo may not get all of the credit he deserves because of his home park, a subject that came up during the media session.

"Breaking balls, they don't break the same," González said of Coors Field. "That's the advantage that we have, compared with when we go on the road. They're going to be moving, so you have to make adjustments. But I feel like if you hit the ball hard in any ballpark it's going to go."

Indeed, González -- according to ESPN's Karl Ravech -- owns one of the longest home runs hit at Petco Park this season.

The Home Run Derby is a tournament wherein each batter is given five minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. There are three rounds total.

González has 19 home runs so far this season. CarGo is a seven seed in the tournament because of those homers. The seeds were distributed based on home run totals through last Wednesday's games.

You can watch the Home Run Derby on ESPN at 6 p.m. MT.


It's also notable that Modesto Nuts manager Fred Ocasio will throw to CarGo. Here's Ocasio on the derby:

May he offer up a lot of meatballs.