Major league baseball announced that the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby, to be held at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, will have a new format. The most obvious and most glaring difference is that a timer has been introduced. But let’s start at the top.
It’s a bracket-style, single-elimination tournament in which the loser of each bracket is eliminated immediately. Seeding is based on 2015 home run totals as of July 7. Ties are broken by home runs hit since July 7, with the winner getting the higher seeding. The higher seed hits last.
Each batter gets five minutes per round, with the timer starting when the first pitch is thrown. Home runs hit during the final minute will stop the timer. The timer will not start again until hits a non-home run, or swings and misses.
Batters can attain bonus time. They can get one additional minute for…
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