Home Run Derby is back

Big trades and other bold July predictions ⚾

Let’s all be thankful, then, for the scientific shot in the arm that made it possible for this July 1 to serve not as our start point but our midpoint, just the way the baseball gods intended. The All-Star Game is back. The Home Run Derby is back. The Trade Deadline, which last year required teams to make evaluations just five weeks after Opening Day, returns to its traditional spot (albeit a day early, on July 30). We’ll even have a new wrinkle with the Draft taking place amid All-Star festivities in Denver.