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Dodgers News: Joc Pederson Announced For 2019 Home Run Derby

Dodgers have entrant now for sixth straight year.

We asked the question, the Los Angeles Dodgers answered. Indeed, the Dodgers will have a participant in the Home Run Derby for the sixth straight season.

Moreover – during Wednesday night’s ballgame – Ken Gurnick of MLB.com tweeted that Joc Pederson will participate in Monday night’s home run hitting contest in Cleveland.

Remember, Pederson made it to the final round of the 2015 Home Run Derby. However, he eventually lost by a score of 15-14 to champion Todd Frazier in Cincinnati.

Perhaps the contest – an avenging that close loss in the finals – has been on Pederson’s mind for quite some time. Per Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Pederson had this to say about his past experience in the derby.

“It was so much fun. It was an incredible experience.”

Joc will be the number 5 seed, going up against Houston’s Alex Bregman.

The winner of the competition wins $1M.

While everyone expected Cody Bellinger to enter the 2019 contest, he recently stepped aside to say he wouldn’t be entering. Now it’s Pederson – owner of 107 career long balls and 20 this season – who will try to give the Dodgers a champion in this event.

So Dodgers fans, how do you feel about this news? And most importantly,  how do you like Pederson’s chances against the rest of the field on Monday night?

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Joc should be at Dodgers Stadium throughout the ASG break taking ground balls at 1B and learning the intricacies of playing the position if the Dodgers are serious about keeping him there. Home Run Derby means absolutely nothing WRT the Dodgers season while Joc at 1B does. He looks like a deer in headlights on ground balls and even more so when a pitcher throws over on a pick-off move. His footwork on throws from infielders is atrocious. And he needs work on plays when pitchers are covering 1B as well as throws to second when trying to start a DP. In short, if this experiment, simply to keep his bat in the lineup against RH pitching because he will not play OF when AJP returns, is serious, then be serious about it.

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