VIDEO: Watch the first career home runs of tonight’s Home Run Derby participants

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With the 2014 Home Run Derby less than 30 minutes away, here’s a look at the first career home runs of all of tonight’s participants:

It’s always weird to see Jose Bautista before he evolved into the Jose Bautista we know now. And what about Adam Jones in a Mariners uniform? Wild stuff.

The one thing that struck me while watching this video is that Justin Morneau hasn’t just been around longer than anyone else here, he’s also the only one who hits from the left side of the plate. Assuming the weather holds up, we’ll soon see if that matters.

Marlins give Don Mattingly two-year extension

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The Marlins have announced that they have inked manager Don Mattingly to a two-year contract extensions. There’s a third year in the form of a mutual option.

Mattingly is finishing up the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Marlins prior to the 2016 season. He’s 272-364 in that period and the club has lost 99 games already this season. The current bad run, however, obviously corresponds with a massive rebuild the team began undertaking following the 2017 season and the team’s change in ownership. Mattingly has not had much to work with over the past two seasons but he has likewise, largely, kept the team on as even a keel as one could hope under the circumstances. He has certainly impressed the Marlins’ brass enough to take the unusual step of keeping on a manager they inherited from a previous ownership and front office group.

In other news, the Marlins also announced a two-year contract extension for shortstop Miguel Rojas valued at $10.25 million. There’s a vesting option for a third year. The deal buys out Rojas’ final year of arbitration eligibility and one year of free agency, plus that option.

Rojas, 30, is hitting .285/.335/.383 (OPS+ 92) this year.