Home Run Derby 2015 Featuring Manny Machado: Live Stream, Start Time, TV Info, and Rules
On Monday night, eight of MLB’s best hitters will gather in Cincinnati for the 2015 edition of the Home Run Derby, and it will feature Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.
The Derby is always a fun event, when a group of strong men try and hit as many balls out of the park as they can, while their fellow all-stars gather around on the field to watch, and sometimes get involved (see: David Ortiz providing past participants with Gatorade breaks).
This year’s Derby will have a different feel, as MLB has instituted some brand new rules this year, including battle-style rounds, which will also be timed. Unfortunately, the threat of rain has caused some slight alterations to those rules, via MLB.com:
"The five-minute time limit per batter per round was shortened to four minutes, a previously announced pause of the clock for home runs in the final minute was eliminated and a previously announced time extension for home runs exceeding 475 feet was eliminated and shortened to 425."
And these are the rules of how the clock will work:
"The other big alteration to this year’s Derby is the timer will start with the release of the first pitch. Each batter will have those four minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. However, batters can extend their time either of two ways:1. Utilizing their one “timeout” per round2. Hitting at least two homers that equal or exceed 425 feet (as calculated by MLB.com’s revolutionary Statcast™ technology), earning 30 seconds of bonus time."
Here is how players will move along in the bracket:
"It’s pretty simple. The winner of each head-to-head matchup will move on to the semifinals, while the loser will be eliminated. The two semifinals winners will square off in a third and final round. Ties will be broken by a 90-second swing-off. If there’s still a tie after that point, the batters will engage in successive three-swing swing-offs until a winner is declared."
This is what the bracket looks like, with players seeded based on home run totals through July 7:
(1) Albert Pujols vs. (8) Kris Bryant
(4) Joc Pederson vs. (5) Machado
(3) Josh Donaldson vs. (6) Anthony Rizzo
(2) Todd Frazier vs. (7) Prince Fielder
Based on that lineup, this is shaping up to be one of the best Derbys in years.
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Here is the information for watching or listening to the Derby:
Date: July 13, 2015
First Pitch: 8:00 PM ET
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Stadium: The Great American Ballpark
Radio: ESPN Radio
Live Stream: MLB.com and Watch ESPN