2007 home run derby controversy

I have successfully picked the winner of Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby that last two seasons. In 2005, the biggest underdog in Bobby Abreu won the Derby. I happened to be in Las Vegas at the time and I was going to put $20 on Bobby. It would have won me $160, but I got the time zones screwed up and I wasn’t able to place my bet.

And last year, Ryan Howard was my pick to win. I had already picked Howard to win the Home Run title before the season began. A friend was in Vegas before the 06 season and showed me a sheet of the odds of about 100 players to win the Home Run crown. Howard was a relative unknown and his odds were about 200 to 1.

I am officially filing a protest in the 2007 Home Run derby. Albert Pujols was my pick. He was eliminated in the second round by one home run. The winners of the second round are determined by the total homeruns hit in the first and second round combined. In the first round, Darth Pujols hit a homer off the top of the outfield fence. It was called an out. ESPN showed no replay, but I replayed it about 5 times with my Tivo. The no-brain trio of Chris Berman, Joe Morgan, and Dusty Baker were too busy giving each other massages to notice that it was actually a homer. Pujols and Vladimir Guerrero should have gone into a faceoff to determine who goes into the final round. Instead Vlad went to the final round and defeated Alex Rios with 3 homers hit with 7 outs. Certainly, Pujols would have outhit Alex Rios to win the title. Fortunately Vladimir Guerrero is one of my favorite players (as noted in a blog post from last year’s All Star Game), so I’m happy he won, even though he really didn’t win.

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Matt Maldre
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16 years ago

what was the total number of homeruns hit by each player? I only caught the ending of the derby, but got the impression that this year’s derby was very flat on homeruns.

Mark R
Mark R
16 years ago

Oh, and I can vouch for Moose’s Ryan Howard prediction from last year. I specifically remember him telling me that Ryan Howard was going to win the HR title before the season even started.

Matt Maldre
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16 years ago

How’d you like Peter Gammons comment that there should be a pitcher’s home run derby? That was bizarre.

Walt
Walt
16 years ago

I heard one person on ESPN mention a baseball skills contest, a la hockey.

They could time players running from 1st to 3rd, have outfielders throw to a target at home plate, pitchers do…whatever it is they do, etc.

Personally, I got bored, and stopped watching, by the middle of the second round. A commercial break between each batter?! Come on. Talk about a waste of time. I couldn’t believe the thing took so long.

Matt Maldre
Admin
16 years ago

what happened to howard this year? 3 hr?

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