News — July 11, 2017 at 2:53 am

Father warms up with phenom son


Twins slugger Miguel Sano addresses the media before the Home Run Derby on Monday in Miami.

Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano showed prodigious power in the first round of the Home Run Derby, hitting three of his 11 homers 468 feet or more to edge out Mike Moustakas, 11-10, in the first round. Three times, Sano hit the windows that form the wall beyond the left-field wall in Marlins Park.

Moustakas, the Kansas City Royals first baseman, hit 10 homers in the first 4 1/2 minutes of his round, most of them line drives into the right-field seats, but he failed to homer on his five swings in the final 30 seconds and was eliminated.

One of these eight sluggers will claim the 2017 Home Run Derby tonight in Miami. Click on the bracket above to see more images from the contest. Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson competes in the 2015 Home Run Derby.

The Dodgers have been well-represented in the Home Run Derby this decade, but Joc Pederson is the only Los Angeles player to make it out of the first round, losing to hometown favorite Todd Frazier in the 2015 derby finals in Cincinnati.

Corey Seager clubbed 16 homers in the first round of the 2016 derby in San Diego but lost to Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo. Yasiel Puig was shut out in the 2014 derby in Minnesota’s Target Field, failing to hit one home run and apologizing to fans afterward.

Matt Kemp participated in the 2012 derby in Kansas City and the 2011 derby in Arizona. Both experiences were forgettable for the former Dodgers outfielder—he hit two home runs in 2011 and one in 2012 and was eliminated in the first round both years.

Cody Bellinger, the 21-year-old rookie who leads the team with 25 homers and 58 RBIs in just 70 games since being called up from triple-A in late April, is next up for the Dodgers. He will take on Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon in the first round of the tonight in Miami.

Cody Bellinger addresses the before an All-Star game workout at Marlins Park on Monday in Miami.

Clay and Cody Bellinger will be the fourth father-son tandem to compete in Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby when the former big league utility player pitches to the Dodgers rookie phenom Monday night at Miami’s Marlins Park.

Cody Bellinger, 21, did not accept an invitation to the annual event, which is part of the All-Star game festivities, until he was sure that Clay, a firefighter in Gilbert, Ariz., could get off work.

His shifts covered, Clay Bellinger, who played parts of four seasons with the New York Yankees (1999-2001) and Angels (2002), will look to groove as many pitches as he can to his son, the left-handed-hitting slugger who was called up in late April and leads the Dodgers with 25 homers and 58 RBIs.

The competition will be stiff. If Bellinger can beat Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon in the first round, he would probably square off in the second round against New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who leads all of baseball with 30 homers and hit a major league-long 496-foot homer in June.

Defending champion and hometown favorite Giancarlo Stanton, who is tied with Cincinnati’s Joey Votto for the National League lead in homers with 26 and hit a 462-foot shot in May, and Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano are in the opposite bracket.

Robinson Cano’s father, Jose, pitched to his son in the Home Run Derby four times, winning the event in 2011 and participating in 2012, 2013 and 2016.

Bryce Harper’s father, Ron, pitched to the Washington Nationals slugger in 2013. Bryce advanced to the finals, where he lost to Yoenis Cespedes. Kris Bryant’s father, Mike, pitched to the Chicago Cubs third baseman in 2015. Bryant was eliminated by Albert Pujols in the first round.

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