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I have had enough with the experts flogging on the HR Derby last night.
Yes, it took long, but not as long as last year. I believe the actual event was under 3 hours. What every one was feeling had a lot to do with the hour plus rain delay.
I loved the new format of 7 outs, and AL vs NL. If there is anything I think the MLB could do away with – is having 5 players in each league participate.
Both of those men has a lackluster first round, before winning swingoff matchups into the 2nd round.
Frazier acquitted himself nicely in the 2nd Round, by clubbing 6 longballs, and most of them with the just a few outs left to spare.
Realistically though. he was lucky that Yasiel Puig had an o’fer in Round 1 – and that Stanton has an o’fer in Round 3.
The Reds OF only hit 4 HRs in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Rounds combined.
The only modification I would impose it to shorten the field to 8 guys (4 AL and 4 NL), and then have the same 4 rounds listed, but have the leaders for each league not receive the bye.
One of the things I give the MLB credit for is its increased awareness towards adding bracket to their ALL – Star Game, and Post Season for that matter.
They should be working with the sponsors more vehemently to up the ante for payouts.
Instead of having fans eligible to vote 25 times for each player in the ASG, they should really hammer the promotion of the free contest angle.
The NCAA makes a killing of free publicity because of the brackets they have for the Final Four Tournament.
Offering $25,000 was nice for Samsung to throw out there, but how about we offer that prize value ten-fold to the winner? and a cool $1 MIL for anyone that can predict a perfect bracket?
Derby Winners/Venue + Total HRs
2014 –Yoenis Cespedes, A’s- Target Field (30)
2013 – Yoenis Cespedes, A’s – Citi Field (32)
2012 – Prince Fielder, Tigers – Kauffman Stadium (28)
2011 – Robinson Cano, Yankees – Chase Field (32)
2010 – David Ortiz, Red Sox – Angels Stadium (32)
2009 – Prince Fielder, Brewers – Busch Stadium (29)
2008 – Justin Morneau, Twins – Yankees Stadium II (22)
2007 – Vladimir Guerrero, Angels – AT @ T Park (17)
2006 – Ryan Howard, Phillies – PNC Park (23)
2005 – Bobby Abreu, Phillies – Comerica Park (41)
2004 – Miguel Tejada – Orioles – Minute Maid Park (27)
2003 – Garret Anderson, Angels – Us Cellular Field (23)
2002 – Jason Giambi, Yankees – Miller Park (24)
2001 – Luis Gonzalez, D’Backs – Safeco Field (16)
2000 – Sammy Sosa, Cubs – Turner Field (26)
1999 – Ken Griffey JR. Mariners – Fenway Park (16)
1998 –Ken Griffey JR. Mariners – Coors Field (19)
1997 – Tino Martinez, Yankees – Jacobs Field (16)
1996 – Barry Bonds , Giants – Veterans Stadium (17)
1995 – Albert Belle, Indians – The Ballpark In Arlington
1994 – Ken Griffey JR. (7) – Three Rivers Stadium
1993 – Juan Gonzalez, Rangers (12) – Orioles Park At Camden Yards
1991 – Cal Ripken JR., O’s (12) – The Skydome
1990 – Ryne Sandberg, Cubs (3) – Wrigley Field)
1988 – cancelled due to rain.
1987 – Andre Dawson, Cubs (6) – NL Beat the AL 6 – 2. The Coliseum in Oakland.
1985 – Dave Parker, Reds (6) – Metrodome
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