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Souhan blog: Easy fix for Home Run Derby

  • Blog Post by: Jim Souhan
  • July 15, 2014 - 6:13 PM

Last night's home-run derby went on far too long, and yielded a final between Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier.

Bo-ring.

But last night's derby offered an easy-to-find clue about how to fix the event.

There were two outstanding moments last night: The ovation that greeted Justin Morneau, and the home run that almost left the ballpark.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a shot estimated at 510 feet that reached the last handful of rows in the third deck of leftfield. That's what people will remember, and therein lies the lesson:

The Derby shouldn't be about hitting the most home runs. It should be about hitting the longest home runs.

Want to fix the derby? Make it quicker. Give each player 20 swings, with the guy who hits one the longest winning the whole thing. Then every swing would count, and every swing would be taken with the intent of hitting the ball out of the ballpark.

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Kent Hrbek said the All Star game gave him a chance to meet up with old teammates who came to town for the game. They ate at J.D. Hoyt's the other night. The guest list: Hrbek, Greg Gagne, Scott Erickson, Tim Laudner, Randy Bush, Scott Leius, Rick Aguilera and Roy Smith.

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I'll be on 1500ESPN at 12:15 tomorrow.

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