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Peter Schmuck

It's about time MLB changed the Home Run Derby format

If you've been reading me for awhile, you know I lost interest in the All-Star Home Run Derby a long time ago. It had become a seemingly endless shower of seemingly juiced baseballs interrupted occasionally by a boring on-field interview.

Really, how much is there to say about hitting a bunch of batting practice home runs?

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It only took a couple of decades for Major League Baseball to figure that out and make dramatic changes to the format of the event this year. It's a match-play competition now inside a straight bracket and there's a clock on each hitter instead of a set number of outs.

That will make the sluggers swing more often because they are on the clock and it will make the competition move along at a more entertaining pace.

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At least, that's the hope.

I'm going to predict that Prince Fielder wins his third HR Derby title, but Manny Machado will win his first-round match.


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