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 Post subject: Home Run Derby - after thoughts?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:52 am 
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What did you think about this year's derby?

Not excited about the participants, although my wife did choose Cespedes to win again this year and he did.
I like the 'playoff' format though, it still lasted 3 hours plus rain delay.

7 outs gives a lot of pressure to the hitters. Not sure why 3 less outs makes such a difference but it sure seemed to.

Thoughts and opinions?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:21 am 
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I went to the AAA Home Run Derby in Durham last night. Indy Indians Matt Hague did not win, but hit some long shots. He made the Final 4. Alan Dykstra for the Mets (Las Vegas) won.


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Went to bed.

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It was kind of boring. I can't understand why they take so many pitches. Is it because the pitchers are so close to the batters?


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Ralphie wrote:
It was kind of boring. I can't understand why they take so many pitches. Is it because the pitchers are so close to the batters?



Batters are being picky. It should be 7 pitches not 7 swings.

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LetsGoMarauders wrote:
Ralphie wrote:
It was kind of boring. I can't understand why they take so many pitches. Is it because the pitchers are so close to the batters?



Batters are being picky. It should be 7 pitches not 7 swings.


I agree, but lets make it 7 strikes, not just 7 pitches.

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I fear for the safety of the obviously non baseball kids in the outfield that can't run without falling down and couldn't catch a cold if naked in January. I cringe every time they show the mob of them all chasing the fly ball…. :? :? :?


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Az Bucco fan wrote:
I fear for the safety of the obviously non baseball kids in the outfield that can't run without falling down and couldn't catch a cold if naked in January. I cringe every time they show the mob of them all chasing the fly ball…. :? :? :?


Noticed the nets they put up in the outfield to protect the youngins from screamers. Noticed none of the youth were using them. That jump turn your back on the ball thing isn't going to make it hurt any less. Guess it might save cost in facial structure repair.


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I was looking forward to a Stanton v. Bautista/Cespedes final.

The Frazier/Cespedes final was, IMO, anti-climactic and had to be a huge disappointment to the crowd, MLB and ESPN.

My Cardinals fan neighbor and I got a good laugh out of Puig's performance, particularly after Kruk made the "swinging bunt" comment. No bat flip or exagerrative gestures out of Yasiel last night . . . probably much to ESPN's dismay.

I also got a laugh when my Cardinals fan neighbor stated "right field seats were the most overpriced seats in the house."

I'm OK with the hats that will be worn tonight (don't love them or hate them - at least they are using traditional coloring) but I really didn't like the all red hats for the AL and all blue hats for the NL. A navy blue lid with a white Pirate P? Not my taste. A cardinal red lid with a NY logo on it? Ugh. I know MLB's motivation to sell hats and increase merchandising revenue to distribute to owners and players but . . . man . . . I just don't like those. I wan't a big fan of the July 4th lids either but I liked those better than the ones that were worn last night.

Speaking of MLB's new lids, I'm really happy that they are offering the 59/50 caps in a low crown version again. Always liked the low crown, curved bill better than the high crown, big flat bill version. It may actually inspire me to buy a new mustard Sunday home cap . . .

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 Post subject: Re: Home Run Derby - after thoughts?
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And to Marauder's original question, I'd tweak the format again.

How about as follows?

Away league goes first.
4 batters per league.
10 total outs in two 5 out sessions.
First batter gets 5 swings to hit a HR per session. If the batter hits a HR in any one of the first 5 swings, he is "on the clock" and gets 5 outs that session. If the batter doesn't hit a HR in any one of the first 5 swings, he is "on the clock" and gets 5 outs. After 5 outs, the next batter rotates in. After each of the four hitters has had his two sessions (with 10 total outs), the batter with the highest total of HRs advances to the final against the opposite league.

Same drill with home league.

In final round, each batter will get 15 total outs in three 5 out sessions. Total number of HRs is the champion.

Get rid of the middle round.

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 Post subject: Re: Home Run Derby - after thoughts?
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It would be a lot more enjoyable if Chris Berman wasn't on the broadcast crew.

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nad69dan wrote:
It would be a lot more enjoyable if Chris Berman wasn't on the broadcast crew.


Agree agree agree. Berman kills the whole thing for me. That has to be the gerneral thought. I listened in ESN radio, and watched with sound down once i got home.


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markfnc wrote:
nad69dan wrote:
It would be a lot more enjoyable if Chris Berman wasn't on the broadcast crew.


Agree agree agree. Berman kills the whole thing for me. That has to be the gerneral thought. I listened in ESN radio, and watched with sound down once i got home.


I've also grown weary of Berman's antics (all of them, not just HR Derby). For me, he's act has run its course (kind of like Dickie V). However, I thought that Berman's performance last night was much more toned down than in prior years. I'm sure that he has heard the criticism.

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 Post subject: Re: Home Run Derby - after thoughts?
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No. 9 wrote:
However, I thought that Berman's performance last night was much more toned down than in prior years. I'm sure that he has heard the criticism.

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Looked like 100 little Matt Hollidays in the outfield.

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 Post subject: Re: Home Run Derby - after thoughts?
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Someone said get rid of the middle round. That's the only tweak I'd make and I think it would be much more enjoyable. I love the derby but this one dragged on one round too far.

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