Back, back, back, out of here! The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star week will begin at Petco Park in San Diego, California with the Home Run Derby on July 11th at 8pm EST. Watch every dinger online here!
The biggest batters in the sport of baseball today, Mark Trumbo, 30, Corey Seager, 22, Robinson Cano, 33, and more, will battle it out for the title of home run king when they square off during the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby. Every year baseball’s all-star break begins with the best hitters in the sport competing to see who can hit the most bombs over the outfield fence. Watch every upper-decker online here!
Is there anything cooler than a watching your favorite baseball player crush a fastball over the fence for a 9th inning go-ahead blast? Well how about watching that same athlete going up against the best hitters in the game to see who can crank out the most dingers in a competition? That is what the Home Run Derby is all about. Here are the bracket match-ups, (with their # of homers) for the first round of the the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby:
No. 1 Mark Trumbo (26) vs. No. 8 Corey Seager (17)
No. 2 Todd Frazier (23) vs. No. 7 Carlos Gonzalez (18)
No. 3 Adam Duvall (22) vs. No. 6 Wil Myers (19)
No. 4 Robinson Cano (20) vs. No. 5 Giancarlo Stanton (19)
How about a brief run-down of the latest set of rules for this epic long ball contest: The sluggers will start out head-to-head with the player with the least number of home runs in each matchup being knocked out. Each player gets four minutes to hit per round. If a player hits two monster home runs longer than 440 feet, he will be rewarded with 30 seconds of extra time for that round. But batters can only earn one bonus per round. Each hitter also gets one 45-second timeout in each round; in the finals, the two last hitters are allowed two timeouts. Confused yet? Wait, there is more.
There are also some rules in place to protect these guys and there precious swings. If the second player in a round knocks more salamis than the first hitter’s total, he will stop and move on after his go-ahead home run, despite how much time remains. A tie can be broken by a 60-second swing-off. If the guys are still locked-up, three-swing swing-offs will be held until a winner emerges. Got it? Good!
HollywoodLifers, who will you be rooting for to win the 2016 Home Run Derby? Do you think the favorite, Giancarlo, will slug his way to the top or will there be an underdog who blasts more souvenir’s and wins it all?