Today in Tacoma, Washington, Triple-A All Star Week kicks off, with the Home Run Derby.
The festivities begin with at 6:40pm with the Kids Home Run Derby in the Cheney Stadium whiffle ball center. And, after other formalities, the Home Run Derby will commence at 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern) with 6 of Minor League’s best slugging it out.
The format is fairly similar to the one going on the big leagues, with a total of 6 players, and a clock system to speed things up.
Here’s a quick look at the players that will be participating tonight in Tacoma, first from the Pacific Coast League.
1. Christian Walker, Reno Aces
2. Dan Vogelbach, Tacoma Rainiers
3. Renato Nunez, Nashville Sounds
And from the International League:
4. Danny Hayes, Charlotte Knights
5. Richie Shaffer, Columbus Clippers
6. Bryce Brentz, Pawtucket Red Sox
The winner of tonight’s contest will win a cool belt that reminds me of the Mets game winning belt use in 2015 and 2016.