The Home Run Derby is an annual home run hitting competition in the MLB, customarily held the day before the All-Star Game.
Continue reading for all you need to know about the event, including 2024 dates and schedule, format, and event history and records.
The 2024 Home Run Derby is set to take place on Monday, July 15, 2024.
Yes. ESPN has full coverage of the Home Run Derby.
The Home Run Derby format has changed throughout the years, so let’s break down exactly how it currently operates.
First and foremost, we have eight participants, who are separated into first round matchups and labelled by their seeds.
Those eight participants will compete in a single elimination bracket where the first and last matchups above are on one side, while the middle two are on the other.
In the first and second rounds, each batter has three minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. If the second batter exceeds the first batter’s number of home runs before the three minutes is up, the round immediately ends.
In terms of the nuances with the timing, the three-minute clock begins when the first pitch is thrown.
As for the end of the round, as long as a pitch is thrown before the timer hits zero, the home run will count should it be one.
In the final round of the Home Run Derby, the timer will be just two minutes.
However, there’s more to this format, batters can earn bonus time.
They will receive 30 seconds of bonus time at the end of each regulation period and can earn another 30 seconds for a total of an extra minute.
The extra 30 seconds is earned by the batter hitting at least two home runs that are 440 feet or longer.
Finally, players also have the ability to take a timeout. Batters have one 45-second timeout to use during each round, but it cannot be used during the bonus time periods.
With the Home Run Derby comes absolute moonshots, streaks of several homers in a row and other forms of excitement. So, what are some of the Home Run Derby records?
While the format has changed over the years, it’s still fun to look back at home of the crazy feats the world’s best baseball players have pulled off.