HR Leader Christian Yelich to Compete in 2019 MLB Home Run Derby

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 30, 2019

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JUNE 27: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers gets a hit in the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at Miller Park on June 27, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich told reporters Saturday he plans to participate in the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby, which will take place July 8 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Yelich, who won the 2018 National League MVP, has a league-leading 29 home runs in addition to 63 RBI and a 1.127 OPS. He has hit 47 home runs since Aug. 18 over a span of 115 games.

The Home Run Derby field already looks stacked, with Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana taking part, per Mike Axisa of CBS Sports. ESPN noted that Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell will also participate. Alonso in particular is hot on Yelich's heels for the home run lead with 28.

Other big names could be on the list, but Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger, who is Yelich's primary competition for the 2019 NL MVP, will not take part.

Elsewhere, Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo told reporters he has not been asked to take part, although that could change.

Regardless of who fills out the eight-man field, the winner will be receiving a fat $1 million bonus, per ESPN's Jeff Passan.