So possibly for the first time ever, Major League Baseball made a change in something that made a HUGE improvement on an event that immediately paid dividends.
(Huh, having a home team guy in the derby generated some excitement in the stands. Prince Fielder is confused.)
The new format put a timer on each batter and broke the event down into an 8 person bracket. Each player had four minutes to hit as many dingers as they could, and if they got at least two that went further than 420 feet, they got an extra 30 seconds. This format not only produced more home runs than usual, it also created a lot of sudden death/walkoff type scenarios in each round, and in this writer's opinion, was just right. Hopefully MLB doesn't tweak it for next year.
Joc Pederson (Dodgers) beats Manny Machado (Orioles) 13-12
Albert Pujols (Angels) beats Kris Bryant (Cubs) 10-9
Frazier beats Donaldson 10-9
Pederson beats Pujols 12-11
Frazier beats Pederson 15-14
The main event is tomorrow, so stay tuned to AZ Snakepit for fun Goldy and Pollock related times. The broadcast will start at 4 PM Arizona time on FOX.