Results, bracket and live updates from Dodger Stadium

Results, bracket and live updates from Dodger Stadium

It’s time for the 2022 All-Star Home Run Derby! Some of the biggest names in the sport are in Hollywood, and are aimed at the Dodger Stadium grandstand.

The main role in the derby is back to back derby champion Pete Alonso. How do the rest of the participants go up to the home run king? Can anyone take the belt from the Mets slugger known as “Polar Bear”?

This is your one-stop-shop for everything in the Home Run Derby, from round-by-round results to live updates to pre-derby predictions and recordings from ESPN MLB experts Alden Gonzalez, Buster Olney, Jeff Passan and David Schoenfield.

Let the fun begin!

See: T-Mobile Home Run Derby on ESPN (20.00 ET)

MLB All-Star Home Run Derby Bracket

(1) Kyle Schwarber vs. (8) Albert Pujols

(4) Juan Soto vs. (5) Jose Ramirez

(6) Julio Rodriguez vs. (3) Corey Seager

(7) Ronald Acuna Jr. vs. (2) Pete Alonso

Round 1

Julio Rodriguez (32 home runs) defeats Corey Seager (24 home runs)

Pete Alonso (21 home runs) defeats Ronald Acuna Jr. (19 home races)

Live updates

The dream of three squares lives on

One thing about Alonso in the Home Run Derby: He never panics. Halfway through his round, he was in trouble, struggling to find the perfect shooting angle and instead hit low liners that were shorter than the warning track. But he found his turn and passed Acuna Jr. with barely 30 seconds left in the bonus round. It was not a dominant round, but the dream of a wooden square lives on.

Seattle big praise J-Rod

With his victory over Seager, Rodriguez is the first Mariner to advance to the Derby semifinals since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998. Guess who’s on the spot today: The Kid himself. Griffey’s advice: “Let Julio be Julio.”

Rodriguez warms out of the gate

Rookie nerves? Not for Julio Rodriguez. The 21-year-old phenomenon put together one of the most impressive rounds in Home Run Derby history, finishing with 32 home runs. He started by hitting a series of tall fly balls that scratched over the fence, went over to some low screaming lines that cleared the fence, and then began hitting someone who cleared the entire dang stadium.

We’re one batter inside, but the message has been sent: Julio is coming to get your crown, Pete Alonso.

We’re up and running!

The 2022 MLB All-Star Home Run Derby is underway with Mariners phenomenon Julio Rodriguez starting in Los Angeles.

Pre-derby predictions

Who will win the Home Run Derby and who will he beat in the final?

Gonzalez: Soto was not happy to be thrown into trade rumors just before the All-Star break, and this is the perfect place for the game’s best pure beats to channel his anger. Soto has been hot this month and will dethrone Pete Alonso in the final. He will do so by cracking a bunch of opponents as well.

Olney: Soto will go head-to-head with Alonso, and it will be like Ali-Frazier, with Soto barely able to reach the defending champion.

Pass: Alonso, of course. He is the most productive home runner on the planet. He knows how to win the derby, since he has done so the last two times. His most difficult test may come in the first round against Acuna, but they have met before, in 2019, and the polar bear came out on top. He will do it again this year, and prevent NL East enemy Soto in the final.

Schoenfield: It’s Mariner’s year! Rodriguez has been on fire, and he does not lack confidence. He’s going to hit a bunch of low lasers into the stands to the left in the middle, and like Alonso in 2019, he’s going to win it like a rookie – knocking out Alonso in the semifinals and Schwarber in the final.

Who hits the night’s longest home run and how far?

Gonzalez: Acuna is averaging 437 feet per home run this season, the longest in the majors. He dates back to his rookie year in 2018, and has hit 13 homeruns 450 feet or longer, second only to CJ Cron – even though he missed considerable time with a torn ACL. Three years ago, Acuna went to all fields and produced a beautiful spray form, but he lost to Alonso in the second round. If he decides to be happy this year, he will manage Dodger Stadium sometimes. You can even reach 510 feet.

Olney: Alonso will club a 512-foot homer, revitalizing conversation about a juice ball.

Pass: The enormous power of Soto is so free, so easy, that you take it for granted. In an event like the Home Run Derby, the number of home runs means more than the distance when it comes to winning the event, but not hearts and minds. We will see tanks. We will see balls that never stop flying. We’ll see Soto hit a ball 515 feet, and we will.

Schoenfield: Only five home runs from Dodger Stadium have been taken during an action game – two by Willie Stargell and one each by Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza and Giancarlo Stanton. The longest of them was one of Stargell’s at an estimated 506 feet. Not only will we see a few planes fly out of the ballpark during the competition, we will see a pair longer than 506. And the longest: Schwarber will take a 522-foot home run.

Albert Pujols participates in his last Home Run Derby tonight, what are your predictions for the 42-year-old?

Gonzalez: I make him shock everyone by defeating Schwarber, NL’s home race leader, in the first round. Do not underestimate Pujols’ pride and competitiveness. He has not been, well, Albert Pujols, because his bat speed is no longer fast enough to adapt to the cartoon-like speeds of today’s games; it has nothing to do with his raw power. He knows this event, after competing in the first time-bound derby in 2015, and it will be Soto who quickly eliminates him in round 2.

Olney: He will receive the night’s second biggest applause, and all the players will surround him to congratulate him after an impressive first round. But he will not survive a very tough match against Schwarber.

Pass: He will turn out better than expected, that is, his match in the first round against Schwarber will not end with Schwarber having a minute plus left on the clock. Pujols is too competitive, too proud to allow it. But in the end he will get respect for having pressed the top seed … but not the W he wants.

Schoenfield: One and done. I mean, not a home run. He will take a dozen in the first round, but Schwarber will knock him out.

What’s the one moment we’ll all be talking about long after this HR derby is over?

Gonzalez: Last round. Soto mot Alonso. Two division rivals go on it. The best pure batsman of this generation against one of the most famous derby competitors ever, in a rematch of last year’s semi-final from Coors Field. It was mostly a coincidence that Soto and Alonso ended up on opposite sides of this year’s bracket, and it will eventually produce one of the most electrifying rounds this event has ever produced.

Olney: Soto shuffles and drops the bat after setting up a large number in the championship round.

Pass: An Alonso-Rodriguez match in the semifinals would be everything: king against prodigies, right-handed thunder vs right-handed thunder, a possible coronation vs. a national coming-out party. Although Rodriguez may anger the audience for throwing out Seager, a longtime Dodger, in the first round, he will win them back with a show in the next round … only to be stopped by the champion who is not yet ready to give up his crown.

Schoenfield: How about sending the torch? Rodriguez was 6 months old when Pujols played his first All-Star game as a rookie in 2001. Now we have the game’s next big star on stage. They will not meet each other unless they meet in the final, but I am sure that at some point we will have a Pujols-Rodriguez embrace – one generation to the next.

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