Major League Baseball has announced that the Dodgers’ very own Cody Bellinger has been invited to participate in the 2017 Home Run Derby that will be taking place in Miami at Marlins Park.
— MLB (@MLB) June 30, 2017
Bellinger has not yet accepted the invitation, but said he will participate under one condition; he wants his dad, former big leaguer Clay Bellinger to pitch to him that night.
It would be hard for his father to turn him down for such a great opportunity and moment that they could share together, so the odds we see Bellinger in Miami for the derby seem pretty high.
So far, the only two players to commit to this year’s Home Run Derby are Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins.
Both Dave Roberts and 2016 participant Corey Seager have encouraged Cody Bellinger to participate. Seager performed well in last year’s derby but was unfortunately paired up against Giancarlo Stanton in the first round.
Most seem to remember that Joc Pederson struggled in the second half of 2015 after the Home Run Derby and try to blame it on his lack of production. Corey Seager participated last year and finished off his 2016 campaign just as well as it began, crushing that false narrative.
The 2017 Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, July 10.