For the second straight season, the Orioles will be represented in the Home Run Derby at the All-Star festivities. It's just not who you'd expect. While Nelson Cruz chose not to participate, Adam Jones will be taking some hacks instead.
The format of the Home Run Derby is much different this season than in year's past. For the first time, there is a mini-tournament type format. Five players from each league will have seven outs apiece in a first round of the competition. The three top scorers from each league will advance to the second round, which will consist of one-on-one matchups between two players instead of just the top scoring players advancing in a pack.
The top scorer in the first round from each league gets one bye, while the #2 and #3 scorers from each league will go against one another. Each subsequent round will also give both players seven outs apiece to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner of the #2/#3 matchup in each league will play against the #1 scorer. The final round will be the winner of the AL "bracket" against the winner of the NL "bracket".
Jose Bautista is the captain of the AL Home Run Derby team, meaning it's up to him who is invited, but many players who were offered the chance to participate declined. Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera, for instance, took a pass on the derby, as well as Cruz. Troy Tulowitzki is the captain of the National League's team.