Sim and Kozma Announced For 2024 Home Run Derby

World Series Champion and social media phenomenon set to join Brian Jordan and Rick Ankiel in final MLB Alumni Home Run Derby in O’Fallon

O’FALLON, MO. — The O’Fallon Hoots, members of the Prospect League, announced that former MLB player Pete Kozma and social media phenomenon Eric Sim will take part in the 4th Annual MLB Alumni Home Run Derby at CarShield Field on Saturday, July 27, 2024. The event will be the final Home Run Derby for the foreseeable future. 

“We are excited to welcome both a World Series Champion in Pete Kozma and a baseball social media leader in Eric Sim,” O’Fallon Hoots General Manager David Schmoll said. “I cannot wait to see these two in action, joining Rick and Brian with the 1st Phorm Collegiate League players for our final Home Run Derby.” 

Kozma spent eight total seasons in the MLB, playing for the St. Louis Cardinals (2011-15), New York Yankees (2017), Texas Rangers (2017), Detroit Tigers (2018), and the Oakland Athletics (2021). The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native was drafted to the Cardinals 18th overall in the 2007 MLB Draft straight out of high school and was a part of the team’s 2011 World Series Championship squad. Over his professional career, the shortstop hit for a .213 average with five home runs and 62 runs batted in. Kozma’s most notable moment in the bigs is likely his game five performance of the 2012 National League Divisional Series, when his ninth-inning hit drove in the go-ahead run of the winner-take-all game, helping the Cardinals eliminate the Washington Nationals and advance to the National League Championship Series. 

Sim, a native of Busan, South Korea, began his collegiate career at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas, before transferring to South Florida University to conclude his career. He was then drafted in the 27th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants, whose minor league system he played in for the following five years. After his time in the minors, Sim played one season for the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association before retiring from pro ball. Since his retirement, Sim has blown up on social media under the “King of Juco” moniker, amassing over 509,000 Instagram followers and 690,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, where he and his cohorts participate in a variety of outlandish baseball-related challenges. 

Kozma and Sim join the previously announced Brian Jordan and Rick Ankiel in this year’s derby. 

For the fourth year, joining the four participants for the event are members of The Rizzuto Show and 105.7 The Point taking on members of The Fast Lane and 101 ESPN. Can The Rizzuto Show even the series in the final event or will The Fast Lane reign supreme?

The 4th Annual MLB Alumni Home Run Derby will take place July 27 at CarShield Field in O’Fallon with the event beginning at 7:00 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase limited specialty autograph passes to go on the field to meet and get autographs from the four participants. The autograph session will run for two hours beginning at 4:30 p.m.

General Admission tickets for the event are $15 with the option to add-on the autograph session for an additional $25. Only a limited number of autograph tickets will be made available. Additional information, including premium seating and all-you-can-eat options, is available at https://ofallonhoots.com/mlb-alumni-home-run-derby/.

Tickets are on sale today. Tickets can be ordered online at ofallonhoots.com/tickets or by calling 636-741-4668.

For up-to-the-minute information about the Hoots, visit ofallonhoots.com or follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the O’Fallon Hoots

The O’Fallon Hoots began play in O’Fallon, Missouri in May 2020 after relocating from Hannibal, Missouri following the 2019 season. For tickets, merchandise, or any team information, visit ofallonhoots.com.

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