Monday, June 29, 2015

FTM examines new All-Star Game Home Run Derby Format

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2015 Gillette Home Run Derby Presented by Head & Shoulders

Bracket Format:
  • Single-elimination tournament in which loser of each bracket is immediately eliminated.
  • Seeding based on 2015 home run totals through July 7th, with ties broken by awarding the higher seed to the batter with more home runs hit since June 15th.  Any tie thereafter will be broken by a coin flip.
  • In each bracket, the higher seed will hit second.

Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Player 1
Player 1/8
Player 8
Winner Rd. 2
Player 4
Player 4/5
Player 5
2015 Home Run Derby Champion
Player 2
Player 2/7
Player 7
Winner Rd. 2
Player 3
Player 3/6
Player 6


Timing:
  • Five minutes per batter, per round.  Timers start with release of the first pitch.
  • Any home runs hit during the final minute of each turn will stop the timer immediately; timer will not start again until batter hits a ball that is not a home run, or swings and misses at a pitch.

Bonus Time:
  • One minute of bonus time awarded for two home runs that each equal or exceed 420 feet.
  • Thirty seconds of bonus time awarded for one home run that equals or exceeds 475 feet.
  • Both bonuses can be earned by hitting two home runs that equal or exceed 420 feet with one of them reaching 475 feet, resulting in a total bonus of one minute and thirty seconds.
  • Distances will be tracked and posted using MLB Advanced Media’s Statcast.

Home Runs in a Given Round
Distance(s) (ft)
Bonus Period
0-1
474  or less
0:00
1
475+
0:30
2+
420-474
1:00
2+
420-474 & 475+; or both 475+
1:30

Scoring/Advancement:
  • Batter with most home runs hit in each matchup will advance to next round.
  • Ties in any round broken by 90-second swing-off with no stoppage of time or additional time added; if a tie remain after the swing-off, batters will engage in successive three-swing swing-offs until there is a winner.
  • Once the second batter hits more than the first batter in any matchup, he will be declared winner and not attempt to hit additional home runs.
  • Each batter entitled to one 45-second “time out” per round.

The 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders will introduce a new streamlined format this July featuring brackets and timed rounds, Major League Baseball announced Sunday.

The 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders will be held on Monday, July 13 at Great American Ball Park and broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 8:00 p.m.

The eight-player contest will be conducted as a single-elimination tournament in which the loser of each bracket is immediately eliminated.  Brackets in the first round will be seeded based on 2015 home run totals through July 7, with ties broken by awarding the higher seed to the batter with more home runs hit since June 15.  If a tie remains, a coin flip will determine the higher seed.  In each matchup, the higher seed will hit second.

During each of the three rounds, each batter will have five minutes to hit as many home runs as possible, and any swings that do not result in a home run will not be counted.  Timers will count down from five minutes beginning with the release of the first pitch, and any home run hit after the timer reaches one minute remaining will stop the timer immediately when the ball lands in home run territory.  The timer will not start again until the batter hits a ball that does not land in home run territory, or swings and misses at a pitch.

Batters may be awarded bonus time during their turn based on the length of their home runs hit.  If a batter hits two home runs during a turn that each equal or exceed 420 feet, one minute of bonus time will be added.  If one home run during a turn equals or exceeds 475 feet, 30 seconds of bonus time will be added.  It is possible for a batter to earn a total bonus of one minute and 30 seconds.  All distances will be measured using MLB Advanced Media’s Statcast system.

The batter with the most home runs hit in each matchup will advance to the next round (or win the Derby, if in the third round).  Ties in any round will be broken by a 90-second swing-off with no stoppage of time or additional time added.  If the batters remain tied after the 90-second swing-off, they will engage in successive three-swing swing-offs until there is a winner.  Once the second batter in any matchup hits one more home run than the first batter, the second batter will be declared the winner of the matchup and will not attempt to hit any additional home runs.  In addition, each batter will be entitled to one “time out” per round.

What do you think of the new format for the Home Run Derby? Let us know in the comments below!

1 comment:

  1. Hope no one gets injured trying to beat the clock.

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