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MLB Announces New HR Derby Rules

(MLB Twitter)

(MLB Twitter)

The 2015 MLB All-Star Game will be taking place in two weeks at the home of the Cincinnati Reds, the Great American Ball Park and one of the most popular events of the All-Star festivities is the Home Run Derby. As this is seen as a fan favorite event, Major League Baseball is looking for new ways to keep the competition friendly and modern.

This year’s Home Run Derby, which will take place on Monday, July 13, 2015, will feature new rules and a new bracket style format.  Eight players will be featured in the event (the player list has not been decided as of yet) and there will be three rounds of a single-elimination bracket. Although the players haven’t been finalized yet, each will be seeded in terms of home run amounts as of July 7, 2015.

In previous years players were eliminated after they reached a set number of outs which meant that they had not hit a home run. But, in this year’s derby each player will have five minutes and an unlimited amount of pitches that can be thrown during that time period.

Players who hit home runs at approximately 420 feet will be given an additional minute to hit and an additional thirty seconds if they hit a home run at least 475 feet.

In each round there will be a match-up of two players and the player that hits the most home runs will advance to the next round. If there is a tie, each player will take part in a ninety second swing-off to determine the winner.

Although the official list of players has not been released yet, there are many speculations as to who may participate. Detroit Tigers’ outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has won the derby in 2013 and 2014 so he could definitely be a part of this year’s event. Reds’ third baseman Todd Frazier who came in second in last year’s competition is likely to take part not only fir his stellar performance so far this year but also because of the derby being hosted in his home park. One player however that won’t be participating, is current home run and RBI leader, Miami Marlins’ outfielder Giancarlo Stanton who broke a bone in his hand last week and will miss at least four to six weeks.


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