In the ever-annoying new tradition of Major League Baseball, the teams for Monday’s Home Run Derby were almost selected on Tuesday.
National League captain Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies announced that he has selected Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds to fill out his five-man roster.
In the American League, captain Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays filled out his side with defending champion Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles and Brian Dozier of the host Minnesota Twins.
At least for now.
Just to ensure the selection process takes longer than the actual event, the final two selections—one for each side—won’t be announced until Thursday.
However, the event has been changed this year to shorten it a bit.
In the first round, participants will only have seven outs instead of 10. The player from each league with the most home runs will then receive a bye to the semifinals, while the next two players from each league will face each other in a head-to-head competition in the second round.
The winners of the second round advance to take on the first-round winners who received the byes, with the winner from each league going head-to-head in the finals.
I can’t speak for all fans, but I know I reach a saturation point at watching guys yank batting practice pitches after about three hours or so.
So maybe the new format will help. And perhaps next year, they can announce all of the selections at the same time.