Let’s take a look at the list of past Home Run Derby winners in honor of the 2015 version of the contest on Monday evening.
As a baseball fan, the Home Run Derby is easily one of the most exciting events of the year and possibly even a bigger deal than the MLB All-Star Game — although it is now used to decide home-field advantage in the World Series, for some reason.
It’s hard to even believe the contest is already upon us as it seems, at least to me, like Opening Day was not too long ago.
The contest, which has been an annual event since 1985, has seen a wealth of all-time great hitters and has produced some of the most iconic moments in baseball history.
Remember when Bobby Abreu defied all odds and hit the most homers ever in a contest at a pitcher-friendly Comerica Park in Detroit? How about when a young Ken Griffey Jr. stole America’s heart by becoming an overnight sensation, winning the event at age 24? Those are moments that will always be remembered by baseball fans around the nation — even the world.
This year, Prince Fielder has a chance to do something great. He can tie the all-time record for wins in the contest, with Griffey Jr., if he comes out victorious. It would be his third-ever victory in the competition and he would go down as one of the best power threats in history.
Let’s take a look at the past winners and see what kind of names Fielder finds himself in the presence of:
- 2015: TBD (Cincinnati, Great American Ball Park)
- 2014: Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics (Minneapolis, Target Field)
- 2013: Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics (New York, Citi Field)
- 2012: Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers (Kansas City, Kauffman Stadium)
- 2011: Robinson Cano, New York Yankees (Phoenix, Chase Field)
- 2010: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox (Anaheim, Calif., Angel Stadium)
- 2009: Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers (St. Louis, Busch Stadium)
- 2008: Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins (New York, Yankee Stadium)
- 2007: Vladimir Guerrero, Los Angeles Angels (San Francisco, AT&T Park)
- 2006: Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies (Pittsburgh, PNC Park)
- 2005: Bobby Abreu, Philadelphia Phillies (Detroit, Comerica Park)
- 2004: Miguel Tejada, Baltimore Orioles (Houston, Minute Maid Park)
- 2003: Garret Anderson, Anaheim Angels (Chicago, U.S. Cellular Field)
- 2002: Jason Giambi, New York Yankees (Milwaukee, Miller Park)
- 2001: Luis Gonzalez, Arizona Diamondbacks (Seattle, Safeco Field)
- 2000: Sammy Sosa, Chicago Cubs (Atlanta, Turner Field)
- 1999: Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners (Boston, Fenway Park)
- 1998: Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners (Denver, Coors Field)
- 1997: Tino Martinez, New York Yankees (Cleveland, Jacobs Field)
- 1996: Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants (Philadelphia, Veterans Stadium)
- 1995: Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox (Texas, The Ballpark in Arlington)
- 1994: Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners (Pittsburgh, Three Rivers Stadium)
- 1993: Juan Gonzalez, Texas Rangers (Baltimore, Camden Yards)
- 1992: Mark McGwire, Oakland Athletics (San Diego, Jack Murphy Stadium)
- 1991: Cal Ripken, Baltimore Orioles (Toronto, SkyDome)
- 1990: Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs (Chicago, Wrigley Field)
- 1989: Ruben Sierra, Texas Rangers (Anaheim, Anaheim Stadium)
- 1988: Rained out (Cincinnati, Riverfront Stadium)
- 1987: Andre Dawson, Chicago Cubs (Oakland, Oakland Coliseum)
- 1986: Wally Joyner, California Angels and Darryl Strawberry, New York Mets (Houston, Astrodome)
- 1985: Dave Parker, Cincinnati Reds (Minneapolis, Metrodome)
Who will be this year’s champ? Could it be a repeat or one of the new young guns? Tune in on Monday night to find out.
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