Are you tired of the same old home run derby format? The competition where eight participants swing for the fences until they reach 10 outs in the first round. Then, the highest four totals square off until they reach the final two before figuring out the winner. It doesn't sound all that exciting, right? Well, it looks like things are changing, and hopefully, for the better.
Here's a breakdown of the new format that will take place at this year's Home Run Derby at Target Field on July 14.
- 10 participants, five from each league (to be chosen by captains Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Bautista). Each hitter gets seven outs in the first round, and the top three totals from each league advance.
- In the second round, we go to a bracket format. The No. 2 and No. 3 totals in each league from the first round face off, again with seven outs. The hitter with the highest first-round total in each league gets a bye through to the third round.
- In the third round, the winner of No. 2-No. 3 matchup faces the No. 1, seven outs each. That's the case for each league.
- In the finals, the winner of the AL bracket meets the winner of the NL bracket, again with seven outs for each.
The first major change to take away is that the league has brought down the total number of outs in each round from 10 to 7. Second major change...brackets! Because, if the NCAA Tournament taught us anything, it's that brackets are the way to go. Wanna figure out what to name your next child? Brackets! Wanna figure out where to go to dinner tomorrow? Why not break it down in a bracket? Don't know how it would all work out, though. Okay, sorry for the tangent, but you get the idea.
All the changes being made are interesting, but will it get you to watch? Let us know in the comment section.
[via Eye On Baseball]