Matt Kemp will take part in All-Star home run derby
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who (before Tuesday's games) is tied for the National League lead with 22 home runs and has an N.L.-best .611 slugging percentage, is one of eight All-Stars who will compete in the 2011 All-Star home run derby, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.
The two most recent champions of the event, David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox and Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers, will serve as the captains for the American League and the National League, respectively. The 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby will take place on Monday at Chase Field in Phoenix at 5 p.m. Pacific and will be televised on ESPN.
Ortiz (.301, 17 HRs, 49 RBIs) and Fielder (.299, 21, 69) each determined the other three participants on their teams and personally extended the invitations as part of a new derby format featuring a team competition between the American League and National League. Though the format to determine the individual champion will remain unchanged, the total number of home runs hit by all players in all rounds will be tabulated for the AL and NL to determine the winning team. Each player will get 10 outs per round, the four players with the highest total of home runs will advance to the second round, and the two players with the highest cumulative number of home runs in the first two rounds will advance to the final round, where first and second round home runs do not carry over for individual scores.
In addition to being Ortiz’s fifth derby, this will mark the third for Fielder (2007, 2009) and Holliday (2007, 2010); the second for Gonzalez (2009); and the first for Kemp, Bautista, Cano and Weeks.
-- Houston Mitchell
Photo: Matt Kemp tosses his bat after hitting one of his 22 home runs this season. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press.