Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson to be part of Home Run Derby field

Jun 30, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (28) hits the ball during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson said Wednesday that he will be part of next Monday’s Home Run Derby competition.

“Excited to announce I’ll be participating in the 2021 @mlb Home Run Derby!” Olson tweeted.

The event will be held at Coors Field in Denver one day prior to the All-Star Game.

Olson has 20 homers and a .552 slugging percentage entering Wednesday’s game against the host Houston Astros. He was selected to the American League All-Star team as a reserve and will be making his first appearance.

The 27-year-old Olson has hit one career homer in 30 at-bats over eight games at Coors Field.

Olson is the sixth player to enter the Home Run Derby field, joining Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles, Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals, 2019 champion Pete Alonso of the New York Mets and Trevor Story of the hometown Rockies.

–Field Level Media