MIAMI — Moose is looking to bust loose in the sunshine state.
Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is among eight competitors in the 2017 T-Mobile Home Run Derby. The Major League Baseball event is set to be broadcast live 7 p.m. Monday from Marlins Park in Miami by ESPN and MLB.com, according to a news release.
A fan-favorite, Moustakas becomes the first Derby competitor for the Royals in 26 years, and just the third in history joining Danny Tartabull (1991) and Bo Jackson (1989). The 28-year-old leads Kansas City with 24 homers this season, tying for third best in the MLB. He has been a key cog in the Royals’ turnaround, which has them just 1.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians for first place in the American League Central as of Wednesday.
His competitors will be reigning champion Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins; Aaron Judge, New York Yankees; Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers; Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies; Justin Bour, Miami Marlins; Gary Sánchez, New York Yankees; and Miguel Sanó, Minnesota Twins. Judge and Bellinger will become the eighth and ninth rookies to compete in the event all-time, the release said. Judge leads the league with 28 home runs.
Fans can participate in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Challenge, which allows fans a chance to predict the results of the derby. Those interested can enter at www.MLB.com/bracketchallenge once seeding is announced. One perfect bracket will receive four tickets to Game One of the 2017 World Series and a $500 Mastercard gift card, the release said.