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Joc Pederson going to Home Run Derby



LOS ANGELES – Dodgers slugger Joc Pederson will be one of the eight participants in Monday's T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Cleveland's Progressive Field. Pederson finished second in the 2015 edition.
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LOS ANGELES – Dodgers slugger Joc Pederson will be one of the eight participants in Monday's T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Cleveland's Progressive Field. Pederson finished second in the 2015 edition.

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"The two highlights of my career being in the home run Derby in 201

5 and playing in the World Series," said Pederson. “Who knows when another opportunity will come to participate in that. Seemed like a no-brainer. ”

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Pederson and Houston's Alex Bregman Christian Yelich Pete Alonso Josh Bell Ronald Acuña Jr. Carlos Santana and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Pederson is seeded fifth and will face off with fourth-seeded Bregman in Round 1.

He said he faces a dilemma in choosing a pitcher. In 2015, it was Johnny Washington, a Minor League coach who said "is like family to me."

But Washington has since joined the San Diego Padres coaching staff, so Pederson said he will probably choose from Dodgers staffers Jose Vizcaino or Dino Ebel, right-handers who have thrown batting practice to Pederson much of this season. high .534 slugging percentage. All 20 of his home runs are against right-handed pitching, 19 while batting in the leadoff spot and 15 at Dodger Stadium. Seventeen was hit by the end of May.

Pederson was edged for the 2015 Derby title by Todd Frazier, 15-14, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Pederson advanced to the finals that year by beating future teammate Manny Machado and Albert Pujols

Pederson will be the 13th Dodger to participate in Home Run Derby and will give the Dodgers a participant in each of the last six seasons. He will join Mike Piazza (1993-94) and Matt Kemp (2011-2012) as the only dodgers to participate in the contest twice.

Pederson was an All-Star in 2015.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.


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