Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier may not be participating in this year’s All-Star Game, but he will get the chance to defend his Home Run Derby crown on Monday night at Petco Park.
Frazier, who won the 2015 event as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, is one of eight players that will compete for the championship. Frazier received the second seed in the eight player field, and he will take on Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez when the competition gets underway on Monday.
The derby’s format is the same as the 2015 format, which saw Frazier win at the Great American Ballpark. Players will get four minutes to hit as many home runs as they can, and they’ll receive a 30 second time bonus if they hit two or more home runs of 440 feet or more. Players also will receive one 45-second timeout during each round of the event.
After each matchup, the player with the lowest home run total will be eliminated until there is one winner at the end of the tournament.
Frazier and Gonzalez will be joined by six more players, with Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton considered to be the favorite by many. Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles’ Corey Seager, Seattle’s Robinson Cano, Cincinnati’s Adam Duvall, and San Diego’s Wil Myers will also compete in the tournament, which will air on ESPN starting at 7 p.m. Monday night.