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Home Run Derby

Home Run Derby

  • Premiered: 
    July 12, 1993
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  • Network: ESPN
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Updated version of Home Run Derby 
  • Subject Matter: Sports
  • Tags: baseball (pro)

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1985 on the Monday before its annual All-Star Game, Major League Baseball hosts a home-run derby, featuring its biggest sluggers. ESPN has televised this event since 1993 -- on same-day tape delay from 1993 through 1997 and live since 1998 -- with the derby having many formats since its inception. In the derby's first year, the American League (Cal Ripken; Eddie Murray; Jim Rice; Carlton Fisk; Tom Brunansky) defeated the National League (Steve Garvey; Dave Parker; Ryne Sandberg; Will Clark; Dale Murphy), with Brunansky hitting three home runs in the final round to win the event 17-16 for the AL.
For 2015, the HOME RUN DERBY featured an entirely new format, with a tournament bracket beginning with the first round. The eight players were seeded based on their number of home runs through the Tuesday one week before the derby. Plus, the competition transitioned from a 10-out limit to a five-minute time limit. Players were able to earn an extra minute if they hit two home runs that landed 420 feet or more and a bonus 30 seconds if one of those blasts landed 475 feet or more. The maximum bonus time a player could get was 1:30. The matchups included:

#1 Albert Pujols (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) vs. #8 Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs)

#4 Joc Pederson (Los Angeles Dodgers) vs. #5 Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles)

#3 Josh Donaldson (Toronto Blue Jays) vs. #6 Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs)

#2 Todd Frazier (Cincinnati Reds) vs. #7 Prince Fielder (Texas Rangers)


Other Titles

  • Also known as All Star Home Run Derby