SAN DIEGO — Can spending 4 minutes and 30 seconds trying to hit home runs out of Petco Park ruin a hitter’s swing?
The Dodgers are about to find out.
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SAN DIEGO — For Jeff Seager of Kannapolis, North Carolina, his first big league call-up was a long time coming.
The father of Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will be on the mound tonight with the unique goal of trying to allow as many home runs as possible to his son at the Home Run Derby. The 56-year-old right hander has never been scored upon in a professional game, but he believes he has a strategy for success (or, in his case, failure).
“I’m going to go about it like I’m in the backyard,” Seager said. “I’m hoping it’s the same.”
Pederson defeated Manny Machado in the first round and Albert Pujols in the second, before facing the hometown favorite Frazier in the final round at Great American Ballpark. Pederson batted first and belted 14 home runs. Frazier batted next and hit the tie-breaking 15th home run in “bonus time.”
In the first round, Pederson hit the longest home run of the derby, estimated at 487 feet.
Pederson will be in the starting lineup for the National League in the All-Star Game tomorrow.