MLB Announces Global Home Run Derby, New Format Tournament With Former Players and Women Star Players

Published 03/31/2022, 9:30 AM EDT

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MLB has announced that this year will be the debut of MLB Home Run Derby X 2022. Four teams from the MLB will take part in this tournament, which will take place across three locations on a global level. The tournament will have a new format in which women star players and former MLB players will participate.

MLB Home Run Derby created such havoc that the MLB has decided to upgrade the tournament and take it to the international level. The debut season will include new formats in terms of the field, the rules, and the teams. The tournament will include former players of the MLB, and for the first time, it will also feature women star players. Four teams, three locations, and new rules; this is going to be quite some fun.


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Details of the MLB Home Run Derby X 2022

The Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Chicago Cubs will be the teams playing in the MLB Home Run Derby X 2022. The tournament will take place in London, Seoul, and Mexico City in 2022.

London, United Kingdom: July 9th, 2022, at Crystal Palace Park

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Seoul, South Korea: September 17th, 2022

Mexico City, Mexico: October 15th, 2022

New Format

Field Play

  • Mounted home plate
  • Elevation of the pitcher’s mound on a podium
  • A smaller field of play
  • A padded outfield fence of more than 4ft in height

Rules and regulation

  • Earn points by hitting specific targets
  • Opponent players can earn points by catching the ball in the outfield
  • One point for every home run, catch, target hit
  • Knock-out tournament to determine a winner

Team formation

  • Four players on each team
  • Player 1: Former player (Legend)
  • Player 2: Women’s baseball or softball star (Superstar)
  • Player 3: Player from the local men’s baseball team (Rookie)
  • Player 4: Content Creator (Wild Card)


Boston Red Sox

Jonny Gomes (Legend)

Paige Halstead (Superstar)

Liv Cooke (Wild Card)

Rookie (Not disclosed)

Chicago Cubs

Geovany Soto (Legend)

Alex Hugo (Superstar)

Spencer Owen (Wild Card)

Rookie (Not disclosed)

Los Angeles Dodgers

Adrian Gonzalez (Legend)

Ashton Lansdell (Superstar)

Yoongy Kwak (Wild Card)

Rookie (Not disclosed)

New York Yankees

Nick Swisher (Legend)


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Stefania Aradillas / Erika Piancastelli (Superstar)

Daniel Corral (Wild Card)

Rookie (Not disclosed)


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Wow! Looking at these amazing lineups, it is quite evident that this tournament is going to be a memorable one. Amazing teams, beautiful locations, and impressive players; this mixture will surely make the perfect blend. Now we just cannot wait for July 9th, 2022, when we will get an action-packed tournament at Crystal Palace Park.


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Tanveer Deodhar


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Tanveer Deodhar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a degree in media and communication studies, young Tanveer is a sports enthusiast. With a varied interest, he is an ardent follower of MLB, NBA, NFL, and Formula 1.
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Edited by:

Simar Singh Wadhwa