Blue Jays’ Guerrero to be youngest HR Derby participant ever


Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. grounds out to second against Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

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TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is set to become the youngest participant in Home Run Derby history when he swings for the $1 million prize in Cleveland on July 8.

Major League Baseball confirmed Sunday that Guerrero will participate, joining a group that includes Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich, Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr., the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso, Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell and Cleveland’s Carlos Santana. The full field will be revealed Wednesday.

Guerrero, son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, will be 20 years, 114 days old for the derby, 116 days younger than Ken Griffey Jr. for the 1990 showcase. The younger Guerrero was there when his father won the event in San Francisco in 2007.

Bryce Harper is the only other 20-year-old to participate in the derby.


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