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First Horizon Park to Host MLB’s Home Run Derby X

Former MLB players Andruw Jones and Nick Swisher are among the stars coming to Nashville this August for the Home Run Derby X at First Horizon Park.

Major League Baseball recently announced that Home Run Derby X (HRDX), an exciting new baseball format built around power hitting and defensive hustle, is coming to Nashville’s First Horizon Park on Saturday, August 31, 2024.

Who’s playing?

Andruw Jones and Nick Swisher will headline two of the four squads. Joining them are former University of Oklahoma softball star Jocelyn Alo and four-time member of the USA Women’s Baseball National Team Alex Hugo.

What is Home Run Derby X?

MLB Home Run Derby X is a 3-on-3 format between four teams made up of former MLB legends, stars from the women’s baseball and softball world and baseball talent from the Middle Tennessee area.

Basically … it’s is a Home Run Derby with defense. A single game takes about 30 minutes. Each player gets one at-bat of two minutes thirty seconds. During an at-bat the opposing team is in the outfield to make catches. Teams earn offensive points for home runs and defensive points for catches. At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins.

Bonus points are earned by hitting home runs into Paradise Park. During each at-bat, batters can call for a hot streak of five swings where everything counts double. In the final minute of an at-bat, batters can tag in a teammate to finish with a flourish.

Unlike a normal baseball game, HRDX will only utilize a portion of the field. Hitters will be on a stage located on the left side of the infield and will be hitting towards the existing right field wall. The home run zone – located from the Vanderbilt Health Picnic Pavilion in right-center field to section 123 in right field – will be the perfect spot for fans to catch the many home runs flying out of the park.

Tickets

Tickets start at $10 for general admission. Home run zone admission is $40, with reserved seats costing $52 and inclusive home run seats that come with food and drink at $70. Purchase tickets online here or through the Nashville Sounds ticket office.

Confirmed Participants

Andruw Jones

A 17-year Major Leaguer who spent most of his career with the Atlanta Braves from 1996-2007. He won 10 straight Rawlings Gold Glove Awards between 1998 to 2007, a Silver Slugger Award and the 2005 Hank Aaron Award Winner in addition to being named an All-Star five times.

Nick Swisher

Spent 12 years in the Majors and hit a total of 245 home runs. He was a 2009 World Series Champion with the New York Yankees and an All-Star in 2010. Swisher has played in HRDX in each of the past two seasons. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University.

Jocelyn Alo

Current star for the Oklahoma City Sparks of Women’s Professional Fastpitch, Alo was a two-time Women’s College World Series Champion (2021, 2022) with the University of Oklahoma Sooners. She is the NCAA all-time leader in home runs (122), slugging percentage (.987) and total bases (781). Alo became the first female member of the Savannah Bananas, signing a contract earlier this year.

Alex Hugo

Is a roving instructor in the Oakland Athletics organization. She was named the USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year in 2019. Hugo also was named MVP of the 2019 Pan American Women’s Baseball Championship, helping Team USA earn a gold medal in the games. She began her career as a softball star at the University of Georgia and played for the Akron Racers in the now-defunct National Pro Fastpitch league.

For more information call 615-690-4487 or e-mail tickets@nashvillesounds.com.

 

 

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.