Interact with players during MLB Home Run DerbyPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX - Major League Baseball is giving fans a chance to interact with players during the State Farm Home Run Derby.
For the first time ever, players on the field will interact with fans via social media during the event.
In addition to real time tweets, video and picture content shot by players during the event will be posted on MLB's various social media platforms and MLB.com.
MLB and the MLB Players Association said Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19), Heath Bell (@HeathBell21), Gio Gonzalez (@GioGonzalez47), Joel Hanrahan (@hanrahan4457), Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp), Howie Kendrick (@HKendrick47), David Ortiz (@davidortiz), Hunter Pence (@HunterPence9), Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP), Gaby Sanchez (@GabySanchez15), Justin Upton (@RealJustinUpton), Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) and C.J. Wilson (@str8edgeracer) are among the All-Stars who agreed to participate in sharing live updates.
The live updates will not be limited to players with existing accounts as tweets will be coming from the @statefarm Twitter account and look for the hashtag #HRDerby.
Live commentary, photos and video can also be found at the MLB and MLBPA social media accounts; on Twitter, @MLB and @MLB_PLAYERS and on Facebook, Facebook.com/MLB & Facebook.com/MLBPlayersAssoc.
Social media stations will be set up on the field for use during the derby by staff and players.
Anyone who is using the hashtag, #HRDerby, can be part of the conversation and have a chance for their tweet to appear on the video board at Chase Field.
The American League team in the Home Run Derby is led by captain David Ortiz and include Jose Bautista, Robinson Cano and Adrian Gonzalez, while the National League team will be led by captain Prince Fielder and include Matt Holliday, Matt Kemp and Rickie Weeks.
Another mobile addition to Chase Field during All-Star festivities includes a mobile food ordering service.
iPhone users have the opportunity to to order food using MLB.com At Bat and then picking up their order at designated concession locations.