Rockies outfielder and 2016 All-Star Carlos González will participate in this year’s Home Run Derby in San Diego’s PetCo Park, Major League Baseball announced.
CarGo is one of eight participants who will compete in a tournament style competition. This is the second year the derby will take place in the tournament style format. Each player has five minutes to hit as many dingers as they can, while getting time bonuses for dingers of a certain distance (over 420 feet last year; CarGo is averaging 422 feet per home run).
CarGo will go head-to-head against the Chicago White Sox’ Todd Frazier in the first round. The winner of the CarGo vs. Frazier contest will face the winner of Adam Duvall vs. Wil Myers. The other four contestants are Seattle’s Robinson Canó, Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, the Dodgers’ Corey Seager, and Mark Trumbo of the Orioles.
It will be the twelfth time a Rockies player has participated in the derby, and it will be CarGo’s second time. His first was in 2012. The other Rockies to have participated:
Justin Morneau and Troy Tulowitzki, 2014
Michael Cuddyer, 2013
Matt Holliday, 2007
Todd Helton, 2001
Larry Walker, 1997 and 1999
Vinny Castilla, 1998
Ellis Burks, 1996
Dante Bichette, 1994
This year’s Home Run Derby will take place on Monday evening.