Giancarlo Stanton took his timeout early on during last night’s Home Run Derby. He got off to a rough start, slapping a handful ground balls and liners rather than monster dingers, and he was clearly frustrated by the time he’d already eaten up.
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This is the third year that the Home Run Derby has been structured as a race down against the clock rather than a trek up to a swing count, and this derby only emphasized what the last two established—this is so, so, so much better than what we had before.
Hey, we’ve got some Home Run Derby beef! It’s thin and dry as far as beef goes, but these are the famine times. I will happily accept any and all life-sustaining beef to get us to and through next week’s sportless days, this long, sparse summer, and, of course, the inevitable heat death of the universe some time after…
Giancarlo Stanton, the finest masher of taters in baseball, won the home run derby last night with a record 61 total home runs. He hit 18 of the 19 longest homers of the evening, and his 61 dingers traveled a total of 5.1 miles.
San Diego will host MLB’s All-Star Week in July, and a reader at the Padres’ park today sent along a photo of a scoreboard graphic for the Home Run Derby. We asked MLB if it was legit or just a plausible roster used to test the graphics, and you can decide whether or not you believe them.
The Home Run Derby was, from top to bottom, the best in the event’s three-decade history. (I want to hug the phrase “buzzer-beating home run.” We’ve finally perfected sports.) MLB is rightfully being universally praised for introducing new rules that increased the drama, excitement, and competition, and I don’t want…
We thought the new Home Run Derby format sounded good, and it turns out that it was. In a scene straight out of an MLB marketer’s daydream, longtime Cincinnati Red Todd Frazier won in bonus time over Joc Pederson, the most exciting Home Run Derby in years.
Severe weather is expected in much of the Midwest tonight, and that includes Cincinnati, home of the All-Star Game and tonight’s Home Run Derby. There’s the possibility of lightning, damaging winds, and downpours like the ones that rolled through this afternoon:
MLB released the format for this year’s Home Run Derby today. It’s, uh, different.
This hand belongs to some poor bastard who attended Monday night's MLB home run derby, where he tried to catch a Giancarlo Stanton tater with his bare hand. Honestly, I'm sort of surprised this hand isn't in worse shape. I mean, have you seen Giancarlo Stanton hit a baseball?
A hot mic caught ESPN's Chris Berman and John Kruk debating their participation in the Home Run Derby's corporate sponsorship tie-in for cancer research. It also caught Berman trying to make sure their efforts to hoist skyward what is surely at least 600 combined pounds would be captured on live TV.
All the talk heading into the Home Run Derby was about Giancarlo Stanton, and his first-round performance not disappoint. He hit a couple of monster shots, but this one was an absolute bomb. It was maybe 5 rows from leaving the stadium in left field. ESPN's Home Run Tracker had it at 422 feet but it was easily 756…
I mean, if you're going to go to the damned Home Run Derby, you may as well catch a home run ball, right? Here's where to sit if you want to catch one—and where the most cost-effective seats per home run happen to be.