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MLB Home Run Derby X to feature former players on global tour

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May 28, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) singles to drive in a run against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball is launching a home run derby this season featuring four former players who will square off on a global tour.

The competition is called MLB Home Run Derby X and will be held in London on July 9, Seoul on Sept. 17 and Mexico City on Oct. 15.

Former five-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez leads the list and he will represent the Los Angeles Dodgers. Also competing are Nick Swisher (New York Yankees), Jonny Gomes (Boston Red Sox) and Geovany Soto (Chicago Cubs).

The ex-players will each head a team of four, consisting of an MLB Legend, Superstar, Rookie and Wild Card. The superstar category will feature softball and women’s baseball players, the rookies will come from the developmental system and the wild cards are influential content creators.

The batters will hit from a stage with the pitchers throwing from a podium. Hitters are allowed 25 pitches and can take up to 10. The opposing team will have players in the outfield who can earn points by making a catch.

“I think Home Run Derby X is a great way to bring more eyes to baseball on a worldwide level and it will feel great to represent the Dodgers organization in these events,” Gonzalez said in a news release. “I’m looking forward to meeting baseball fans in different parts of the world.”

Gonzalez, 39, played 15 major league seasons (2004-18) and hit 317 career homers — more than half of them (161) coming in five seasons for the San Diego Padres. He belted 101 in six seasons with the Dodgers.

Swisher, 41, played 12 seasons (2004-15) and hit 245 career homers. The one-time All-Star had 105 in his four seasons with New York.

Gomes, 41, played 12 seasons (2004-15) and hit 162 homers. Soto, 39, was a one-time All-Star in 13 seasons (2005-17) and hit 77 of his 108 career homers for the Cubs.

–Field Level Media