byfrcp wrote:DVauthrin wrote:They need to just go to total home runs, with every homer carrying over to the finals. It doesn't matter when you hit them, it should be who hit the most in the event who wins..
Morneau might have the trophy but we all know who was the real home run king this night. Doesn't matter if the scores are lower and there isn't a huge discrepancy in the number of bombs hit, either. Tonight just exposed the format for all to see.
I think all this whining about the set-up is ridiculous. It is what it is. The players know they don't need to hit 28 HR in the first round so why do it? Might as well just give all 8 guys 30 outs and just see who can hit the most.
If a team went 162-0 in the regular season and lost in the playoffs would that be unfair?
First off, I have no problem with setting a set number of swings for each competitor and seeing who hits the most. As far as your analogy goes, they would have to have played every team from the other league in the regular season for it to work. But even if it was the case, it's still a poor analogy because teams play against each other with one team trying to prevent the other from scoring. Home run derby contestants do not hit at the same time or try to prevent the other players from hitting the most home runs. They are trying to see how many homers they can hit by themselves with their 10 outs and nobody else hitting at the same time. And considering they aren't hitting at the same time, there really is no need for more than just one round anyways. Whichever player hits the most homers in the alloted number of pitches wins said event.
And why hit 28 bombs in a round? Because the derby is for show/the fans, and that was an amazing display of talent. It was absolutely worth it.