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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Brisbee: Figuring out the Inside the Park Home Run Derby

There are all sorts of ways the Derby could be improved, of course. Just ask someone, they’ll tell you. Suggestions range from “Not having it” to “Not televising it,” though I’m partial to something like a Double Dare obstacle course. Hide the baseball in a gigantic nose with fake boogers, and make David Wright have to find it before he can hit it over the fence.

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But what about an Inside the Park Home Run Derby? I’m not the first person with the idea, nor I will be the last. But I can’t get it out of my head. The inside-the-park homer is much rarer than the outside-the-park homer, and it’s far less galooty. In theory, everyone would rather see an inside-the-park homer, given the chance.

Would be better than the Celebrity Softball Game, at least.

Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: July 15, 2014 at 01:25 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: all-star break, home run derby, stupid ideas

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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: July 15, 2014 at 01:37 PM (#4750714)
There are all sorts of ways the Derby could be improved, of course.

Starting with having Chris Berman locked in a closet in Bristol, CT, for the duration.
   2. boteman Posted: July 15, 2014 at 02:05 PM (#4750752)
Pay the engineer to have audio problems that are only repaired after the contest ends.
   3. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 15, 2014 at 02:39 PM (#4750808)
Call me crazy, but I find the HR Derby pretty boring. So many pitches for so few swings. Chris Berman's awful commentary. Most of the players lack flair. To speed it up, they should have the pitches come from a pitching machine that is set for the speed and location of pitches the specific hitter prefers. Allow the batters a certain number of no-swings, and keep it moving. Maybe rookies vs veterans. (It would fun to Springer and Singleton in a HR Derby, for example). Whatever. I think it is becoming more like the NBA Dunk Contest, which is not a good thing...
   4. dr. scott Posted: July 15, 2014 at 02:41 PM (#4750809)
i find the HR derby is pretty self explanatory. no need for sound. Watched it in a bar last night during dinner. perfect background visuals.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 15, 2014 at 02:47 PM (#4750815)
I was trying to listen to the final on the radio while I was driving, but apparently the stadium had that "Whoo! Yeah! It takes two to make a thing go right!" song playing on a loop for the entire time Cespedes was up.
   6. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 15, 2014 at 02:52 PM (#4750820)
I missed the Derby last night, but am now reminded that I was just lucky enough to miss Berman come out of his post-NFL hibernation. That guy is a blowhard, why does ESPN think people want to listen to him?

Also, TFA is a year old.
   7. Into the Void Posted: July 15, 2014 at 02:55 PM (#4750828)
I missed the Derby last night, but am now reminded that I was just lucky enough to miss Berman come out of his post-NFL hibernation. That guy is a blowhard, why does ESPN think people want to listen to him?


After hearing "backbackbackbackback" three or four times I had to turn it off. Just awful.
   8. Willie Mayspedester Posted: July 15, 2014 at 06:15 PM (#4751096)
Make it a 5 minute time limit per batter instead of outs.
   9. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: July 15, 2014 at 06:24 PM (#4751106)
Also, TFA is a year old.


Apologies; Poz tweeted about it yesterday and I thought it was new,
   10. lieiam Posted: July 16, 2014 at 12:35 AM (#4751631)
This article is pure awesome.

(Although do many people seriously watch the home run derby? I was surprised at that idea).

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