Congratulations are in order for Todd Frazier! To all who participated in the Home Run Derby, thank you for quite a show.
This year, there was a new bracket format, and according to Rob Neyer, there was originally supposed to be almost 7 minutes per player to hit as many home runs as possible, but bad weather and the threat of more of it to come made officials change the rules to what we saw: 5 mins per player. And I agree with Neyer, it worked. I was so pulling for Prince, who looked wonderful out there by the way, and I hated that he was up against Todd Frazier. After Prince was out, I had to cheer for one of my favorite Dodgers, Joc Pederson, who hit the long ball 487 feet, according to ESPN. The whole race was close, and it was so exciting to watch the veteran and the rookie make it to the finals.
To the critics who think this was staged, I watch a LOT of Dodger baseball. I have seen Joc play in person, and I am here to tell you that was him, that’s how he swings and I saw as the night went on that he was honestly tired.
I liked the new format. I think it works, and I like the amount of time given to the ball players. I have one suggestion: that the bracket be determined right before the derby and by random drawing. I think the element of surprise would be exciting, but, all in all, it was a fun day, which is what all home run derby should be.