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Plus Plus
07-11-2011, 02:59 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/allstar11/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=6756219


[Ortiz and Fielder] could have given us the most fun Derby field ever. Instead, they basically gave us the same old same old -- four American League All-Stars versus four National League All-Stars. What's up with that?

Been there. Done this. Then again, also seen this and enjoyed this. So it'll still be a fun evening in the desert, we're sure.

But we think there's a better way. And here's our plan:

In this corner: Four ALL-STARS. In the other corner: The one, the only BP LEGENDS -- four of the greatest batting-practice showmen in North America.

Stark goes on to claim that the most interesting possible form of the home run derby this year would be Ortiz, Fielder, Kemp, and Bautista vs. (are you ready???) Adam Dunn, Mike Stanton, Wily Mo Pena, and Bryce Harper.

Now THAT is something that I would want to see.

Homer Bailey
07-11-2011, 03:01 PM
#freewillymo

Reds/Flyers Fan
07-11-2011, 03:06 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/allstar11/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=6756219



Stark goes on to claim that the most interesting possible form of the home run derby this year would be Ortiz, Fielder, Kemp, and Bautista vs. (are you ready???) Adam Dunn, Mike Stanton, Wily Mo Pena, and Bryce Harper.

Now THAT is something that I would want to see.

I would definitely tune in to watch that. The current version that we're getting tonight, not so much. Nothing against some of those guys, but they really don't stir the imagination with their HR potential. And I've seen enough of Ricky Weeks crushing batting practice cookies the last four days ... don't need to watch it again tonight.

oneupper
07-11-2011, 03:08 PM
No Josh Hamilton?

BCubb2003
07-11-2011, 06:26 PM
I think the hitters should have to try to stand on big wobbly round things in the middle of a pool of water.

RedsManRick
07-11-2011, 07:11 PM
They could start by recognizing actual HR hitters. Where's Stanton, Dunn, Wily Mo. Heck, where's Harper? Recognize the games' true sluggers.

Then they need to do something about the competition aspect of it. Very few people care about the competition part of it as it is. Simply pooling the players together and counting HRs is played out. Give it some structure. For example, make it mirror the playoffs. The top HR hitter in each division through July 1 or last 365 days or fan vote, whatever plus a wild card make up the field. Then it's playoff style with head-to-head matchups. Maybe it's best of 7 where whoever has the most of the 7 longest homers wins. Or you could have a "game" inning by inning the way they used to do, but it's 3 pitches per side regardless of outcome or a it's a 3 inning game.

Or you could go the other direction. The entertaining part isn't who wins, it's the oohs and ahhs. It's McGwire littering Yawkey Way in Boston. It's Griffey hitting the warehouse in Baltimore. It's Hamilton going nuts. Nobody cares who wins when it's a tourney and the fireworks happen in the first round or two anyways. It's almost always anticlimactic. Just give the guys 1 round -- let it fly, there's no tomorrow. Total distance of HR wins. Or maybe you give points based on distance: 1 point for under 400, 2 points for 400-450, 3 points for 450-500, 5 points for 500+.

There's a lot they could to do spice it up. Of course, they could also make it tolerable by getting rid of Chris Berman.

CTA513
07-11-2011, 07:14 PM
You mean you guys don't want to see more line drive hitters that don't do much and are usually out of the derby early?

:D

blumj
07-11-2011, 08:53 PM
Get it off ESPN and away from Berman.

Caveat Emperor
07-11-2011, 11:16 PM
Get it off ESPN and away from Berman.

This.

Chip R
07-11-2011, 11:41 PM
This.

+1

I'd make sure the balls were juiced and if the players wanted to use corked bats, they could.

KronoRed
07-11-2011, 11:42 PM
For every out made, the player has to do push ups.

MikeThierry
07-11-2011, 11:43 PM
Easy way to make the home run derby a true home run derby: Add aluminum bats.

Big Klu
07-12-2011, 04:06 AM
Since I didn't watch it, I had to look up who the finalists were (Robinson Cano and Adrian Gonzalez). But as Cano and Gonzalez were ready to start the finals, somebody should have started blasting "Voodoo Child" by Jimi Hendrix on the sound system, and Dunner and WMP should have walked out in nWo shirts and informed everyone that they were taking over.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WLDGrn79qNE/TWdekPQoR3I/AAAAAAAAABA/7S5_4GR0zOk/s1600/nwo_12305.jpg

MikeThierry
07-12-2011, 11:51 AM
Actually, the last 30 minutes of the derby was kind of fun to watch with Cano and A-Gon. The first 2 hours... not so much.

crazybob60
07-12-2011, 11:57 AM
I will say this though, I got a pretty good chuckle from the announcers and Robinson Cano's dad while he was pitching. His dad seemed to not break a smile at all. As the announcers said when Robinson didn't hit a HR....Son, don't you be wasting my time out here.

traderumor
07-12-2011, 12:05 PM
Home Run Derby is a bore. The fans look like a baseball is chum being fed to sharks. Kids in the outfield knocking each other over to field a ball. Spanish chatter from the players that I can't understand. Two hours of watching fly balls. I'd rather watch a Lifetime movie.

Since Bud is Mr. Marketing, he should have named this year's home run derby "Spanish Fly" and only let the Latino players compete.

Chip R
07-12-2011, 01:50 PM
Did you hear about this?

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Not-again-Fan-almost-falls-from-stands-at-Home-?urn=mlb-wp12376

Caveat Emperor
07-12-2011, 02:25 PM
The final round should include 4 shots of tequila and a dizzy-bat challenge.

Big Klu
07-12-2011, 04:03 PM
Bring back the real Home Run Derby.

http://static2.dmcdn.net/static/video/235/218/23812532:jpeg_preview_medium.jpg?20110621222932

cincrazy
07-12-2011, 05:11 PM
Did you hear about this?

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Not-again-Fan-almost-falls-from-stands-at-Home-?urn=mlb-wp12376

I saw a photo of the man before he fell. He was standing on a TABLE right by the railing, and bent down to go for the ball. Are you kidding me? I'm glad he's ok and safe, but that's absolute ignorance. Any amount of common sense would tell you that's not safe, especially with what happened last week in Arlington.

That aside, as someone else said, the final round was awesome. The 8 hours prior to that, not so much. These things are wayyyyyyyyyyyy too drawn out. I tried watching the beginning and turned it off, only to start watching again because I walked by the tv and saw it was the final round. I'm as diehard as they come, and the thing barely interests me at all anymore. They need major format changes.

Playadlc
07-12-2011, 05:43 PM
Bring back the real Home Run Derby.

http://static2.dmcdn.net/static/video/235/218/23812532:jpeg_preview_medium.jpg?20110621222932

This.

Brutus
07-12-2011, 05:45 PM
Could Adam Dunn catch up to a BP fastball right now? lol

RichRed
07-12-2011, 05:56 PM
Bring back the real Home Run Derby.

http://static2.dmcdn.net/static/video/235/218/23812532:jpeg_preview_medium.jpg?20110621222932

That's my favorite idea so far.

klw
07-12-2011, 07:04 PM
5 ways
1. Make it a show of BP heroes- Ex. Wily Mo
2. Make it a show of prospects- Ex. Harper
3. Have each team have a competition to send 1 player, Derby day is for Final 8
4. Have a prize of $1,000,000 for the winner- Bet the top guys sign up for this.
5. Combine some combination of the above.

LvJ
07-12-2011, 09:02 PM
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