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Postby Amazinz » Mon Jul 11, 2005 3:05 pm

This HR setup is no worse than the previous setup. It's just for fun anyway. Also, a lot of the "odd" choices in the HR derby are because guys like Arod refused the invitation. It's not baseball's fault. They can't force these guys to participate.
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Postby Half Massed » Mon Jul 11, 2005 4:27 pm

Amazinz wrote:This HR setup is no worse than the previous setup. It's just for fun anyway. Also, a lot of the "odd" choices in the HR derby are because guys like Arod refused the invitation. It's not baseball's fault. They can't force these guys to participate.


or can they... :-?

no, no, wait, they can't. this new format sounds too complicated to me, if anyone actually cared about it, the results would have controversy written all over them. complaints left and right, which may be why they put guys in it that people don't care as much about...that would be the most pathetic conspiracy ever :-b
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Postby Mookie4ever » Mon Jul 11, 2005 4:32 pm

My selections for the HR derby:

Scott Podsednik
Tony Womack
Jason Kendall
Cesar Izturis
Sean Burroughs

vs.

Mike Hampton
Livan Hernandez
Dontrelle Willis
Brandon Backe
Darren Driefort

I'm sure the pitchers would be into it but the hitters would probably not want to be embarrassed.
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Postby curious_george_43545 » Mon Jul 11, 2005 5:31 pm

Mookie4ever wrote:My selections for the HR derby:

Scott Podsednik
Tony Womack
Jason Kendall
Cesar Izturis
Sean Burroughs

vs.

Mike Hampton
Livan Hernandez
Dontrelle Willis
Brandon Backe
Darren Driefort

I'm sure the pitchers would be into it but the hitters would probably not want to be embarrassed.


I'd actually watch that ;-D
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Postby PlayingWithFire » Mon Jul 11, 2005 5:34 pm

curious_george_43545 wrote:
Mookie4ever wrote:My selections for the HR derby:

Scott Podsednik
Tony Womack
Jason Kendall
Cesar Izturis
Sean Burroughs

vs.

Mike Hampton
Livan Hernandez
Dontrelle Willis
Brandon Backe
Darren Driefort

I'm sure the pitchers would be into it but the hitters would probably not want to be embarrassed.


I'd actually watch that ;-D


I would too. Where is Kerry Wood?
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Postby Mercer Boy » Mon Jul 11, 2005 5:46 pm

Yeah, the HR Derby has become just like any other All-Star activity in every other sport:

Everyone wants to go; no one wants to play.

Players love the accolades, but to actually participate in the game (even though it supposedly "means something" ;-7 ) is something they don't want to do. They don't want to get hurt, they don't get paid for it (unless they have stipulations in a contract, and even then it isn't a whole lot), and there's no appeal to the actual game outside of baseball purists.

The HR derby used to be cool back in the old days, like the ones they show on ESPN Classic. Of course, those guys got paid to play in that also (and back then $1,000 was a lot), but at least the best players participated.

If the players don't want to play, I suppose that's their prerogative, but it doesn't advance the sport any. The casual fans that baseball is always trying to bring back are given a bad impression of the players and game because of it.

The big-name guys should be thankful to the league for giving them those millions of dollars. Doing the HR Derby should be the least they could do to help bring attention to the game. The fans help pay their salaries, you know. :-t

Oh, and go Jason Bay. ;-D
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Postby DaQ » Mon Jul 11, 2005 5:48 pm

hongfu_chen wrote:
curious_george_43545 wrote:
Mookie4ever wrote:My selections for the HR derby:

Scott Podsednik
Tony Womack
Jason Kendall
Cesar Izturis
Sean Burroughs

vs.

Mike Hampton
Livan Hernandez
Dontrelle Willis
Brandon Backe
Darren Driefort

I'm sure the pitchers would be into it but the hitters would probably not want to be embarrassed.


I'd actually watch that ;-D


I would too. Where is Kerry Wood?


How about big Juan Pierre? :-D
Maybe Koo for the pitchers (the pitcher who doubled off RJ but can't hit for his life) :-D
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Postby blankman » Mon Jul 11, 2005 6:04 pm

I hope they all lose }:-)

If someone has to win, I'll be rooting for the American
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Postby Simulacrum » Mon Jul 11, 2005 8:50 pm

I take it back. Now that I'm actually watching it, I like the competition between the different countries. It's an interesting twist on the Derby. It's not something I'd like to see every year, but it's kind of fun to see Johan Santana and Cesar Izturis getting all excited about Abreu's performance for Venezuala.

Bet the people in Canada aren't jumping and shouting for joy though :-°

Seems like they're counting each home run as one point no matter where it goes too... I saw different on Cold Pizza this morning though. :-?
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Postby bigh0rt » Mon Jul 11, 2005 8:55 pm

I actually like it. I'd like to see the All-Star game move to a format like that, a USA v. the World or something like that, and bring it back to a true Exhibition for the fans to enjoy, instead of its current poor state. :-t
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