The second edition of the Don’t Blink 242 Home Run Derby will get underway today at noon at Montagu Bay and it promises to be a very exciting event as current and former professional Bahamian players will be participating in it.
They event is coordinated by two current professional players – Lucius Fox and Todd Isaacs Jr. The title sponsor is REV for a second year in a row.
A total of 20 Bahamian professional and former professional players are set to take part in the derby, and they will be joined by 13 foreign players. Also, four major leaguers and two former major leaguers are set to make an appearance.
They have made some adjustments such as a team format that they will be introducing. The event is garnering a lot of attention and Fox said going forward, they might make it more than a one-day event so more people can participate.
Set to participate are Fox (Tampa Bay Rays); Isaacs (Cleveland Indians); fellow Bahamian players Jasrado Chisholm, Dominique Collie and Kristian Robinson of the Arizona Diamondbacks; Larry Alcime and Tahnaj Thomas from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization; Courtney Smith and Keithron Moss who play in the Texas Rangers’ system; Trent Deveaux and D’Shawn Knowles from the Los Angeles Angels; Anfernee Seymour of the Miami Marlins; Reshard Munroe from the Cincinnati Reds; Chavez Young who plays in the Toronto Blue Jays’ system; D’Vaughn Knowles of the New York Yankees; Orveo Saint from the Milwaukee Brewers; Warren Saunders out of the New York Mets’ farm system; and Chavez Fernander who plays in the Detroit Tigers’ system. Former Bahamian professional players Shameko Smith and Jervis “Champ” Stuart are also expected to take part.
The international line-up includes defending champion Bo Bichette of the Blue Jays’ system; Tyler Frank and Josh and Nate Lowe from the Rays’ system; Will Benson, Nolan Jones, Triston McKenzie, Juan Hillman and Alexis Pantoja from the Indians; Shed Long and Johnathan India from the Reds; Nick Gordon of the Minnesota Twins; and Monte Harrison from the Marlins.
The major leaguers who will be in town for the event are Billy Hamilton from the Kansas City Royals; Tommy Pham of the Rays; Lewis Brinson from the Marlins; and Touki Touissant of the
Atlanta Braves. Also, former major leaguers Charles Johnson and D’ante Bichette, father of Bo Bichette, are expected to make an appearance.
Participants will be drafted into teams – Team Fox and Team Isaacs – and there will be a team title as well as an individual title. The top four from each team will advance further to compete for the individual home run king title.
The event will be carried live on Our TV and streamed on REV Cable Bahamas Facebook page. Through the REVGO Play app, the event will be aired live free of charge for the REVTV subscribers.
During the derby on January 5, the two main youth baseball organizations in the country, the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) and the Freedom Farm Baseball League, will have booths set up at Montagu showcasing what they have to offer, and there will be entertainment as well.
The charities supported by the event this year are the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group and the Cancer Society of The Bahamas. Last year, organizers were able to donate a number of baseball equipment to youth organizations in The Bahamas from the proceeds collected.
There was a kid’s camp held yesterday at Atlantis.
The event is expected to once again carry into the evening and climax with fireworks into the evening sky.
Apart from REV being the title sponsor, other sponsors include Atlantis, Global Sun Integration Mgmt., the Ministry of Tourism, Bahamasair, ICS Security Concepts, Aliv, Bahamas Waste Ltd., Heritage Seafood Ltd., Bahamas Experience Tours, Triple A Marine, Direct Air Cargo, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Quality Home Centre, Orry J. Sands Co. Ltd., Family Medicine Center, JBR Building Supplies Ltd., Tops Lumber and Plumbing Ltd., Powerade, TCBY, Paragon Sports, MVP Sports, Pop Up Physios and Avar Media.