Although there were no Chicago Cubs players in the Home Run Derby last night, the Cubs have played a significant role in the history of the derby. Since the first Home Run Derby back in 1985 the Cubs have had a participant nine different times and have brought home the hardware three times, which is tied for the most ever with the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees also have had three winners.
The Metrodome (MIN), Wrigley Field (CHC)
Oakland Coliseum (OAK)
1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Ballpark in Arlington (TEX), Fenway Park (BOS), Turner Field (ATL), Safeco Field (SEA), Miller Park (MIL)
(Bold indicates a victory)
Sammy Sosa is the most decorated derby participant in Cubs’ history, participating in five different derbies and hitting 56 career derby home runs, good for 6th all-time. In addition, Sosa’s 26 home runs in the 2000 Home Run Derby are the 6th most ever hit in a single Home Run Derby. Ryne Sandberg also has an impressive résumé as he participated in the first ever Home Run Derby in 1985 and won the 1990 Home Run Derby held at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs haven’t had a participant in the Home Run Derby since 2002, although the team’s 2007 first round draft pick and current third baseman for the Oakland Athletics, Josh Donaldson, participated in last night’s event. But the Cubs could return to the derby in the next couple of years if all goes according to plan; Anthony Rizzo (20 this year), Kris Bryant (winner of 2014 AA home run derby) and Javier Baez can all hit home runs with the best of ‘em. Another thing to look forward to in the Cubs’ near future.Andre Dawson, Anthony Rizzo, Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, George Bell, Home Run Derby, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, MLB, Oakland Athletics, Ryne Sandberg, Sammy Sosa, wrigley field