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Saturday, August 31, 2024

Home Run Derby X is baseball, but not as you know it.

Built around power hitting and defensive hustle, Home Run Derby is making it's Nashville debut Saturday, August 31 with marquee names taking the stage. But what is it?

HRDX is an exciting 3-on-3 co-ed competition, with each team consisting of an MLB legend, female player from the softball and baseball world and a local Middle Tennessee hitter that tries out for the competition. Each game will take about 30 minutes, giving two teams the chance to go head to head, earning points on offense for home runs hit during a 2 minute and 30 second at bat, and on defense for catches on the field. Bonus points are earned by hitting home runs into Paradise Park or by calling for a hot streak during a players at bat, where for 5 swings, everything counts as double. In the final minute of the at bat, players can tag in a teammate to finish with a flourish.

The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. It's that simple.


Meet The Players

Andruw Jones

  • 5x MLB All Star
  • 1x Silver Slugger Award
  • 2005 Hank Aaron Award Winner
  • 10 straight Gold Gloves (1998 to 2007)
  • Youngest player to hit a home run in postseason history (19 years, 177 days)
  • 434 career home runs over 17 years
  • Played for the Atlanta Braves from 1996 to 2007

Nick Swisher

  • 1x MLB All-Star
  • 2009 World Series Champion
  • 245 career home runs over 12 years
  • 20+ home runs a season from 2005 to 2013
  • 2 year HRDX alum
  • 2x All Big Ten from Ohio State University and Big 10 Freshman of the Year
  • Fun fact: Swisher released a children's music album titled Believe in 2011 with a percentage of all proceeds benefitting Swish's Wishes, a charity started by Swisher for children who are facing health crisis

Jocelyn Alo

  • NCAA all-time leader in home runs (122), slugging percentage (.987) and total bases (761), second all-time in RBI (323) and fifth in runs (281)
  • First overall pick in inaugural Women's Professional Fastpitch College Draft and currently plays for the Oklahoma City Spark
  • 2 year HRDX alum
  • First female member of the Savannah Bananas

Alex Hugo

  • 2019 USA Baseball Sportswoman of the Year
  • 2019 Pan American Women's Championship Gold Medalist and MVP
  • 2 years HRDX alum

More players to be announced!

Team Brewskis

Prince Fielder

  • All-time SEC leader in home runs (92); third in NCAA history
  • 3x first-team all SEC
  • 2022 unanimous first team All-American
  • 2023 Pan American Games Gold Medalist

Team Hit City

Andruw Jones

  • 5x MLB All Star
  • 1x Silver Slugger Award
  • 2005 Hank Aaron Award Winner
  • 10 straight Gold Gloves (1998 to 2007)
  • Youngest player to hit a home run in postseason history (19 years, 177 days)
  • 434 career home runs over 17 years
  • Played for the Atlanta Braves from 1996 to 2007

  • NCAA all-time leader in home runs (122), slugging percentage (.987) and total bases (761), second all-time in RBI (323) and fifth in runs (281)
  • First overall pick in inaugural Women's Professional Fastpitch College Draft and currently plays for the Oklahoma City Spark
  • 2 year HRDX alum
  • First female member of the Savannah Bananas

Team Sounds

  • 12x MLB All-Star
  • 9x Silver Slugger
  • 2x Hank Aaron Award Winner
  • 2x World Series Champion (2004 & 2007)
  • 2004 World Series MVP
  • 555 Home Runs over 19 year career
    • 29 postseason home runs are the most in MLB history

  • 2023 Pan American Games Gold Medalist
  • Reached base safely in 254 out of 265 games played
  • 4x National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American
  • 3x Women's College World Series Champion
  • 2018 SEC Player of the Year

Team Hot Chickens

  • 1x MLB All-Star
  • 2009 World Series Champion
  • 245 career home runs over 12 years
  • 20+ home runs a season from 2005 to 2013
  • 2 year HRDX alum
  • 2x All Big Ten from Ohio State University and Big 10 Freshman of the Year
  • Fun fact: Swisher released a children's music album titled Believe in 2011 with a percentage of all proceeds benefitting Swish's Wishes, a charity started by Swisher for children who are facing health crisis


Nominate a Hitter

The best thing about HRDX? You can be on the team.

We are searching Middle Tennessee for locals to join each team and compete in the ultimate home run competition with these elite baseball and softball players. Be warned: hitting over 300 feet is harder than it looks.

Applications are open now where you can show us your skills and tell us why you should join the team and represent Nashville on the biggest hitting stage First Horizon Park has ever seen.

Nominations are now closed.

Applications are open now through June 12, 2024. From the applications, finalists will be selected to attend an in-person tryout on June 27, 2024 and the final participants will be notified by July 2, 2024.