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Texas Rangers: ‘He will make people look stupid in this’: The new $1 million prize to the HR Derby champ has Joey Gallo’s attention | SportsDay

Who doesn’t want to see Joey Gallo in the Home Run Derby?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2019 at 08:44 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: home run derby, joey gallo, rangers

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   1. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: March 15, 2019 at 09:41 AM (#5822979)
How many times are HR Derby contestants allowed to swing and miss? And, what is the over/under on the number of batting practice speed fastballs that Joey Gallo swings through? And, which gambling establishment is sponsoring?
   2. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: March 15, 2019 at 10:16 AM (#5822984)
How many times are HR Derby contestants allowed to swing and miss?


Isn't it timed now?
   3. JRVJ Posted: March 15, 2019 at 10:55 AM (#5822994)
I can see the downsides to participating in the HR Derby (basically, it can s*crew up a player's timing).

But if there's going to be a HR Derby, I have to admit that I like the idea that the winner gets a cool $1MM.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 15, 2019 at 11:14 AM (#5823001)
I can see the downsides to participating in the HR Derby (basically, it can s*crew up a player's timing).
You know that's not really a thing, right?
   5. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: March 15, 2019 at 11:31 AM (#5823007)
Oh, it absolutely is a thing - after Schwarber did the HR derby last year, it ###### up the timing for every Cubs hitter.
   6. RMc accompanies the Griffmen to Augusta Posted: March 15, 2019 at 11:52 AM (#5823010)
I can see the downsides to participating in the HR Derby (basically, it can s*crew up a player's timing).

You know that's not really a thing, right?


Doesn't matter if it's a 'thing' or not; when a player goes into a slump, people latch onto every possible reason for it. (It's like why you can't let your favourite players participate in the World Baseball Classic...because if you do, they'll break every bone in their bodies; contract lumbago, scurvy, AIDS and the heartbreak of psoriasis; kill the love and affection that anyone has ever had for you; and tear a hole in the space-time continuum, hurdling us into the sun.)
   7. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 15, 2019 at 12:06 PM (#5823016)
(It's like why you can't let your favourite players participate in the World Baseball Classic...because if you do, they'll break every bone in their bodies; contract lumbago, scurvy, AIDS and the heartbreak of psoriasis; kill the love and affection that anyone has ever had for you; and tear a hole in the space-time continuum, hurdling us into the sun.)


Virus Alert
   8. JRVJ Posted: March 15, 2019 at 12:36 PM (#5823028)
You know that's not really a thing, right?


"If you believe you're playing well because you're getting laid, or because you're not getting laid, or because you wear women's underwear, then you *are*! And you should know that!"
   9. Walt Davis Posted: March 15, 2019 at 04:27 PM (#5823078)
Color me weird but I'd rather see the prize being a $1 M donation to the player's favorite charity. Good PR and I suspect it would be a bigger incentive for genuine stars to be involved.
   10. cookiedabookie Posted: March 16, 2019 at 11:51 AM (#5823144)
This should get all the young pre-arb sluggers wanting to do the HR derby. A good way to build up young stars.
   11. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: March 16, 2019 at 06:33 PM (#5823215)
Barring hurting himself, I've never really understood how the derby was supposed to screw up a player's swing or timing. It's basically batting practice with commercials. These guys take batting practice several times a day, I imagine.

Also, it never seemed to hurt Henry Aaron, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Duke Snider, Al Kaline, or any of the various other stars they used to get on the old black-and-white TV show.
   12. Howie Menckel Posted: March 16, 2019 at 07:23 PM (#5823218)
well, since that show was filmed in December 1959, color me not surprised at that.
:)
   13. Howie Menckel Posted: March 16, 2019 at 07:24 PM (#5823219)
doubled up
   14. Sunday silence Posted: March 16, 2019 at 11:13 PM (#5823242)

Color me weird but I'd rather see the prize being a $1 M donation to the player's favorite charity.


you're not weird. it has the appearance of reducing everything to completely mercenary. It's not a look i would be going for.
   15. Sunday silence Posted: March 16, 2019 at 11:30 PM (#5823248)
Never mind, MLB is probably collecting the vig on all the over/under bets...
   16. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 17, 2019 at 06:40 PM (#5823334)

Color me weird but I'd rather see the prize being a $1 M donation to the player's favorite charity. Good PR and I suspect it would be a bigger incentive for genuine stars to be involved.

Of course, any one of those stars can still compete and promise to donate the money to charity.

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