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.
Last night the All Star game starters were announced. Contrary to popular belief, the Royals did not have the entire starting lineup; they do have four. One of the best catchers in the game Salvador Perez. SS Alcides Escobar, Outfielders: Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon.
The fans of baseball took to their computers and voted for who they thought should get in. I talked about how the fans should always vote in Vote love not WAR. If you don’t like how the results are going you have the power to change it. The rest of the line up is 1st Miguel Cabrera, 2nd Jose Altuve, 3rd Josh Donaldson, DH is Nelson Cruz.
Ned Yost has already said that Mike Trout will play center and Cain will play right.
In the NL there was not one team dominate, Sad for me none of my Dodgers are starting. The Reds who are hosting the All Star Game this year have one player
Catcher Buster Posey, 1st Paul Goldschmidt, 2nd Dee Gordon, SS Jhonny Peralta, OF Matt Holliday, Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper.
Yes, there are some players on the DL in that case, the reserve with the most votes in the same position will get to start and the replacement for the roster is chosen by the manager.
The reserves will be announced on tonight on ESPN. After the announcement show, Fans will get a chance to vote again, for the Final Vote from a list of five players in each league.
Now for some eye candy today. I want to thank ESPN for the ESPN body issue, featuring on the cover Bryce Harper. Sadly Harper has chosen not to participate the home run derby but this photo has hit a home run for sure. Harper has been quoted saying ” he needs to work on his abs.” I am just one women’s opinion but the abs are great. Magic Mike great!
I saw this on Twitter, and my response was fans vote for love not WAR. Heyman has forgotten that this is the All Star Game, where the FANS get to vote. This is not about who should go it’s about who is going to go to the All Star Game. Fans make the decision. FANS VOTE. Speaking as a fan, I have always voted with my heart and not by how good someone is playing. I love the underdogs and the comebacks most of all. I think the Royal fans would agree with me.
Is there something wrong with voting for your heart? I don’t think so, this is a known popularity contest. The only requirement is you play ball and have some talent, I can guarantee you that the biggest bats in the game are not going to be home . Fans dig the longball. Baseball purist want someone “technically” the best. I make no apologies for my votes which do include a lot of Royals. The players even understand this.
Mike Trout when asked about the Royals being the majority on the All Star ballot:
“The majority of those guys are having great years, so you can’t take it away from them. The fans have a right to vote, and they’re out there voting.”
Here is a little metric for the baseball purist: Sabr, has only 24.4K followers on Twitter, while MLB has 4.84M that Million followers. I am not unsympathetic to your cause, I think the best players should go to the All Star game but if you are going to make it a fan vote then there should be no complaining about how the fans vote.