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The Home Run Derby is an event played prior to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It is a contest among the top home run hitters in Major League Baseball to determine who can hit the most home runs. The event is currently sponsored by State Farm Insurance. Former sponsors have included Century 21 Real Estate and Service Merchandise.

OverviewEdit

Eight players, who are generally on the All-Star Game rosters (though this is not necessitated by rule), are selected for the Home Run Derby and compete in a traditional playoff system where the players with the most home runs advance to the next round. Each player gets ten "outs" per round, where an out is defined as any swing that is not a home run in this case. Should a tie exist between players at the end of any round, there will be a five swing swing-off to determine who will advance. Until 2006, the home run count was reset after each round. However, a rule change was made for the 2006 Home Run Derby which causes the home run count for the four players advancing to the second round to carry over. The home run count for the final round is still reset to zero.

Prior to 1991, the Home Run Derby was structured as a two-inning event with each player receiving five outs per inning which allowed for the possibility of ties.

In 2000, a match play format was instituted for the second round. The player with the most home runs in the first round faced the player with the least among the four qualifying players, as did the players with the second and third-most totals. The contestant who won each matchup advanced to the finals. This format was discontinued after the 2003 Derby.

For the most part, the field of players selected consists of four American League players and four National League players. The first Derby in 1985 featured five from each league, and the Derbies in 1986 and 1987 each featured three and two players from each league, respectively. In 1996, the field was again expanded to ten players, five from each league, though in 1997, the American League had six contestants to the NL's four. In 2000, the field reverted to the four-player-per-league format, which it has remained ever since. The only exception has been in 2005, when Major League Baseball chose to change the look of the contest, still having eight players, but with the players representing their home countries rather than their respective leagues. This was commonly looked upon as a lead-in to the World Baseball Classic which was played in March 2006. Bobby Abreu, representing Venezuela, won the first International Derby with a record 41 home runs, including a then-record 24 in the first round, broken only by Josh Hamilton with 28 home runs in 2008. In 2006, the selection of four players from each league to participate in the Derby was resumed.

The 2008 Home Run Derby, the 23rd installment, took place in The Bronx's Yankee Stadium on July 14. It was the first and last Home Run Derby at the stadium. The 2009 event will be held at Busch Stadium III in St. Louis, Missouri on July 13 of said year, while the 2010 event will be in Anaheim, California at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

During the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Home Run Derbies, the Golden Ball was used once a player reaches nine outs. If a batter hit a home run using the golden ball, Century 21 Real Estate and Major League Baseball would donate $21,000 per home run to charity. In both 2005 and 2006, $294,000 was raised for charity, equaling 14 golden ball home runs per year. State Farm continued this in 2007 as they designated $17,000 per home run (one dollar for each of State Farm's agencies), a reduction of $4,000, to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. In the 2007 event, fifteen golden balls were hit for a donation of $255,000, $39,000 less than the two previous years even though one more home run was hit.

Television and radio coverageEdit

The derby was first nationally televised by ESPN in 1993 on a same-day delayed basis. The first live telecast came in 1998. The event begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Although two hours are devoted to the telecast, it is not uncommon for the program to run over schedule. The 2006 and 2007 events, for example, lasted nearly three hours.

ESPN Radio also carries the event annually.

Home Run Derby championsEdit

Year Player Team Home runs Venue
2008 Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins 22 Yankee Stadium, New York
2007 Vladimir Guerrero Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 17 AT&T Park, San Francisco
2006 Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies 23 PNC Park, Pittsburgh
2005 Bobby Abreu Philadelphia Phillies 41 Comerica Park, Detroit
2004 Miguel Tejada Baltimore Orioles 27 Minute Maid Park, Houston
2003 Garret Anderson Anaheim Angels 22 U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
2002 Jason Giambi New York Yankees 24 Miller Park, Milwaukee
2001 Luis Gonzalez Arizona Diamondbacks 16 Safeco Field, Seattle
2000 Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs 26 Turner Field, Atlanta
1999 Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners 16 Fenway Park, Boston
1998 Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners 19 Coors Field, Denver
1997 Tino Martinez New York Yankees 16 Jacobs Field, Cleveland
1996 Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 17 Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
1995 Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox 15 The Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
1994 Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners 7 Three Rivers Stadium, PittsburghI
1993 Juan González Texas Rangers 7 Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore
1992 Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics 12 Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego
1991 Cal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles 12 SkyDome, Toronto
1990 Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs 3 Wrigley Field, Chicago
1989 Eric Davis Cincinnati Reds 3 Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim
1988 Canceled due to rain Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati
1987 Andre Dawson Chicago Cubs 4 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland
1986 Wally Joyner California Angels 4 Astrodome, Houston
Darryl Strawberry New York Mets
1985 Dave Parker Cincinnati Reds 6 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis

Complete scoreboard Edit

The 1980s Edit

1985Edit

The Metrodome, Minneapolis—A.L. 17, N.L. 16
PlayerTeamHome Runs
American League
Jim RiceBoston4
Eddie MurrayBaltimore4
Carlton FiskChicago4
Tom BrunanskyMinnesota4
Cal Ripken, Jr.Baltimore1
National League
Dave ParkerCincinnati6
Dale MurphyAtlanta4
Steve GarveySan Diego2
Ryne SandbergChicago2
Jack ClarkSt. Louis2

1986Edit

Astrodome, Houston—N.L. 8, A.L. 7
PlayerTeamHome Runs
American League
Wally JoynerCalifornia4
Jesse BarfieldToronto2
José CansecoOakland1
National League
Darryl StrawberryNew York4
Dave ParkerCincinnati3
Hubie BrooksMontreal1

1987Edit

The Coliseum, Oakland—N.L. 6, A.L. 2
PlayerTeamHome Runs
American League
George BellToronto1
Mark McGwireOakland1
National League
Andre DawsonChicago4
Ozzie Virgil, Jr.Atlanta2

1988Edit

Canceled due to rain.

1989Edit

Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim—N.L. 9, A.L. 5
PlayerTeamHome Runs
American League
Rubén SierraTexas3
Mickey TettletonDetroit1
Bo JacksonKansas City1
Gary GaettiMinnesota0
National League
Eric DavisCincinnati3
Glenn DavisHouston2
Howard JohnsonNew York2
Kevin MitchellSan Francisco2

The 1990sEdit

1990Edit

Wrigley Field, Chicago—N.L. 4, A.L. 1
PlayerTeamHome Runs
American League
Mark McGwireOakland1
Ken Griffey, Jr.Seattle0
José CansecoOakland0
Cecil FielderDetroit0
National League
Ryne SandbergChicago3
Matt WilliamsSan Francisco1
Bobby BonillaPittsburgh0
Darryl StrawberryNew York0

1991Edit

SkyDome, Toronto—A.L. 20, N.L. 7
PlayerTeamHome Runs
American League
Cal Ripken, Jr.Baltimore12
Cecil FielderDetroit4
Joe CarterToronto2
Danny TartabullKansas City2
National League
Paul O'NeillCincinnati5
George BellChicago2
Chris SaboCincinnati0
Howard JohnsonNew York0

1992Edit

Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego—A.L. 27, N.L. 13
PlayerTeamHome Runs
American League
Mark McGwireOakland12
Ken Griffey, Jr.Seattle7
Joe CarterToronto4
Cal Ripken, Jr.Baltimore4
National League
Larry WalkerMontreal4
Gary SheffieldSan Diego4
Fred McGriffSan Diego3
Barry BondsPittsburgh2

1993Edit

Camden Yards, Baltimore—A.L. 20, N.L. 12
PlayerTeamHome Runs
American League
Juan GonzálezTexas7
Ken Griffey, Jr.Seattle7 *
Cecil FielderDetroit4
Albert BelleCleveland3
National League
Barry BondsSan Francisco5
Bobby BonillaNew York5
David JusticeAtlanta2
Mike PiazzaLos Angeles0

* Lost in playoff to Gonzalez

1994Edit

Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh—A.L. 17, N.L. 11
PlayerTeamHome Runs
American League
Ken Griffey, Jr.Seattle7
Rubén SierraOakland4
Frank ThomasChicago4
Albert BelleCleveland2
National League
Fred McGriffAtlanta5
Jeff BagwellHouston3
Dante BichetteColorado3
Mike PiazzaLos Angeles0

1995Edit

The Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington—A.L. 40, N.L. 12
PlayerTeamHome Runs
American League
Frank ThomasChicago15 *
Albert BelleCleveland16
Mo VaughnBoston6
Manny RamírezCleveland3
National League
Ron GantCincinnati3
Sammy SosaChicago2
Reggie SandersCincinnati2
Raúl MondesíLos Angeles2

* Beat Belle in finals

1996Edit

Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia—A.L. 36, N.L. 23
PlayerTeamHome Runs
American League
Mark McGwireOakland15
Brady AndersonBaltimore11
Jay BuhnerSeattle8
Joe CarterToronto2
Greg VaughnMilwaukee0
National League
Barry BondsSan Francisco17
Henry RodríguezMontreal3
Jeff BagwellHouston2
Ellis BurksColorado1
Gary SheffieldFlorida0

1997Edit

Jacobs Field, Cleveland—A.L. 32, N.L. 29
PlayerTeamHome Runs
American League
Tino MartinezNew York16 *
Mark McGwireOakland7
Brady AndersonBaltimore4
Ken Griffey, Jr.Seattle3
Nomar GarciaparraBoston0
Jim ThomeCleveland0
National League
Larry WalkerColorado19
Jeff BagwellHouston5
Chipper JonesAtlanta3
Ray LankfordSt. Louis2

* Beat Walker in finals

1998Edit

Coors Field, Denver—A.L. 53, N.L. 29
PlayerTeamHome Runs
American League
Ken Griffey, Jr.Seattle19
Rafael PalmeiroBaltimore10
Jim ThomeCleveland17
Alex RodriguezSeattle5
Damion EasleyDetroit2
National League
Vinny CastillaColorado12
Moisés AlouHouston7
Javy LópezAtlanta5
Mark McGwireSt. Louis4
Chipper JonesAtlanta1

1999Edit

Fenway Park, Boston—N.L. 39, A.L. 23
PlayerTeamHome Runs
American League
Ken Griffey, Jr.Seattle16
Nomar GarciaparraBoston2
B.J. SurhoffBaltimore2
Shawn GreenToronto2
John JahaOakland1
National League
Jeromy BurnitzMilwaukee14
Mark McGwireSt. Louis16 *
Jeff BagwellHouston6
Larry WalkerColorado2
Sammy SosaChicago1

* Lost to Burnitz in round 2

The 2000sEdit

2000Edit

Turner Field, Atlanta—N.L. 41, A.L. 41
PlayerTeamRound 1SemisFinalsTotal
# Flag of the Dominican Republic Sammy SosaChicago (N)611926
# Flag of the United States Ken Griffey, Jr.Cincinnati63211
# Flag of the United States Carl EverettBoston6612
# Flag of Puerto Rico Carlos DelgadoToronto516
# Flag of Puerto Rico Edgar MartínezSeattle22
# Flag of the United States Chipper JonesAtlanta22
# Flag of the Dominican Republic Vladimir GuerreroMontreal22
# Flag of Puerto Rico Iván RodríguezTexas11
  Semifinals Finals
                 
1  Ken Griffey, Jr. 3  
4  Carlos Delgado 1  
    1  Ken Griffey, Jr. 2
  3  Sammy Sosa 9
2  Carl Everett 6
3  Sammy Sosa 11  

2001Edit

Safeco Field, Seattle—N.L. 41, A.L. 25
PlayerTeamRound 1SemisFinalsTotals
# Flag of the United States Luis GonzalezDiamondbacks55616
# Flag of the Dominican Republic Sammy SosaCubs38213
# Flag of the United States Jason GiambiA's14620
# Flag of the United States Barry BondsGiants7310
# Flag of the United States Bret BooneMariners33
# Flag of the United States Todd HeltonRockies22
# Flag of the Dominican Republic Alex RodriguezRangers22
# Flag of the United States Troy GlausAngels00
  Semifinals Finals
                 
1  Jason Giambi 6  
4  Sammy Sosa 8  
    4  Sammy Sosa 2
  3  Luis Gonzalez 6
2  Barry Bonds 3
3  Luis Gonzalez 5  

2002Edit

Miller Park, Milwaukee—A.L. 42, N.L. 31
PlayerTeamRound 1SemisFinalsTotals
# Flag of the United States Jason GiambiYankees116724
# Flag of the Dominican Republic Sammy SosaCubs125118
# Flag of the United States Paul KonerkoWhite Sox6612
# Flag of the United States Richie SexsonBrewers6410
# Flag of the United States Torii HunterTwins33
# Flag of the United States Barry BondsGiants22
# Flag of the Dominican Republic Alex RodriguezRangers22
# Flag of the United States Lance BerkmanAstros11
  Semifinals Finals
                 
1  Sammy Sosa 5  
4  Richie Sexson 4  
    1  Jason Giambi 7
  2  Sammy Sosa 1
2  Jason Giambi 7
3  Paul Konerko 6  
  • Giambi defeated Konerko in a blast off, similar to penalty shots

2003Edit

U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago—A.L. 47, N.L. 39
PlayerTeamRound 1SemisFinalsTotals
# Flag of the United States Garret AndersonAngels76922
# Flag of the Dominican Republic Albert PujolsCardinals414826
# Flag of the United States Jason GiambiYankees121123
# Flag of the United States Jim EdmondsCardinals448
# Flag of the United States Gary SheffieldBraves44
# Flag of Puerto Rico Carlos DelgadoBlue Jays22
# Flag of the United States Richie SexsonBrewers11
# Flag of the United States Bret BooneMariners00
  Semifinals Finals
                 
1  Jason Giambi 11  
4  Albert Pujols 14  
    4  Albert Pujols 8
  2  Garret Anderson 9
2  Garret Anderson 6
3  Jim Edmonds 4  

2004Edit

Minute Maid Park, Houston—A.L. 47, N.L. 41
PlayerTeamRound 1SemisFinalsTotal
# Flag of the Dominican Republic Miguel TejadaBaltimore715527
# Flag of the United States Lance BerkmanHouston710421
# Flag of Cuba Rafael PalmeiroBaltimore9514
# Flag of the United States Barry BondsSan Francisco8311
# Flag of the Dominican Republic Sammy SosaChicago (N)55
# Flag of the United States Jim ThomePhiladelphia44
# Flag of the United States Hank BlalockTexas33
# Flag of the Dominican Republic David OrtizBoston33

2005Edit

Comerica Park, Detroit—N.L. 66, A.L. 42
PlayerTeamRound 1SemisFinalsTotals
# Flag of Venezuela Bobby AbreuPhiladelphia2461141
# Flag of Puerto Rico Iván RodríguezDetroit78520
# Flag of Panama Carlos LeeMilwaukee11415
# Flag of the Dominican Republic David OrtizBoston17320
# Flag of South Korea Hee-Seop ChoiLos Angeles (NL)55
# [[Image:Template:Country flag alias Curaçao|22x20px]] Andruw JonesAtlanta55
# Flag of the United States Mark TeixeiraTexas22
# Flag of Canada Jason BayPittsburgh00

2006Edit

PNC Park, Pittsburgh—N.L. 62, A.L. 24
PlayerTeamRound 1Round 2SubtotalFinalsTotal
# Flag of the United States Ryan HowardPhiladelphia810185 23
# Flag of the United States David WrightNew York (NL)16218422
# Flag of Venezuela Miguel CabreraFlorida961515
# Flag of the Dominican Republic David OrtizBoston1031313
# Flag of the United States Jermaine DyeChicago (AL)77
# Flag of the United States Lance BerkmanHouston33
# Flag of the Dominican Republic Miguel TejadaBaltimore33
# Flag of the United States Troy GlausToronto11

2007Edit

AT&T Park, San Francisco—A.L. 42, N.L. 32
PlayerTeamRound 1Round 2SubtotalFinalsTotal
# Flag of the Dominican Republic Vladimir GuerreroLos Angeles (AL)59143 a17
# Flag of the United States Alex RíosToronto512 172 19
# Flag of the United States Matt HollidayColorado581313
# Flag of the Dominican Republic Albert PujolsSt. Louis4 b9 1313
# Flag of Canada Justin MorneauMinnesota444
# Flag of the United States Prince FielderMilwaukee333
# Flag of the United States Ryan HowardPhiladelphia333
# Flag of Venezuela Magglio OrdóñezDetroit222

↑a Recorded only seven of ten outs before hitting winning home run.
↑b Advanced after defeating Morneau 2-1 in a swing-off.

2008Edit

Yankee Stadium, New York—A.L. 66, N.L. 39
PlayerTeamRound 1Round 2SubtotalFinalsTotal
# Flag of Canada Justin MorneauMinnesota 8 9 17 5 22
# Flag of the United States Josh HamiltonTexas 28a 4b 32 3 35
# Flag of the United States Lance BerkmanHouston 8 6 14 14
# Flag of the United States Ryan BraunMilwaukee 7 7 14 14
# Flag of the United States Dan UgglaFlorida 6 6 6
# Flag of the United States Grady SizemoreCleveland 6 6 6
# Flag of the United States Chase UtleyPhiladelphia 5 5 5
# Flag of the United States Evan LongoriaTampa Bay 3 3 3

Notes:
↑a New single round record.
↑b Voluntarily ended round with four outs
10 Home Runs were hit while the Gold Ball (special balls used when the batters have nine outs) was in play, earning $170,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Statistics by team Edit

Team Wins Participants Home Runs
Seattle 3 12 77
Chicago (NL) 3 10 76
Los Angeles (AL) 3 4 43
Baltimore 2 11 92
Cincinnati 2 8 36
Philadelphia 2 5 76
New York (AL) 2 3 64
Oakland 1 11 62
Texas 1 8 55
San Francisco 1 7 48
New York (NL) 1 6 33
Chicago (AL) 1 5 42
Minnesota 1 5 33
Arizona 1 1 16
Atlanta 0 10 31
Toronto 0 10 41
Houston 0 10 64
Boston 0 8 60
Colorado 0 7 52
Detroit 0 7 33
St. Louis 0 7 71
Cleveland 0 6 37
Milwaukee 0 7 57
Los Angeles (NL) 0 4 7
Montreal/Washington 0 4 10
Pittsburgh 0 3 2
San Diego 0 3 9
Florida 0 3 21
Kansas City 0 2 3
Tampa Bay 0 1 3


Most home runs in a single round (of ten outs) Edit

Player Year #
1 Josh Hamilton 2008 28
2 Bobby Abreu 2005 24
3 David Ortiz 2005 17
4 David Wright 2006 16
5 Miguel Tejada 2004 15
6 Jason Giambi 2001 14
6 Albert Pujols 2003 14
8 Mark McGwire 1999 13
9 Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 12
9 Mark McGwire 1992 12
9 Sammy Sosa 2002 12
9 Jason Giambi 2003 12
9 Alex Ríos 2007 12

Most home runs in the entire tournament (Excluding Swingoff Playoffs) Edit

  1. Bobby Abreu (2005) - 41
  2. Josh Hamilton (2008) - 35
  3. Miguel Tejada (2004) - 27
  4. Sammy Sosa (2000) Albert Pujols (2003) - 26
  5. Jason Giambi (2002) - 24
  6. Ryan Howard (2006), Jason Giambi (2003) - 23
  7. David Wright (2006), Garrett Anderson (2003), Justin Morneau (2008) - 22
  8. Lance Berkman (2004) - 21
  9. David Ortiz (2005), Iván Rodríguez (2005), Jason Giambi (2001) - 20
  10. Ken Griffey, Jr. (1998), Larry Walker (1997), Alex Rios (2007) - 19
  11. Sammy Sosa (2002) - 18
  12. Jim Thome (1998), Barry Bonds (1996), Vladimir Guerrero (2007) - 17
  13. Luis Gonzalez (2001), Ken Griffey, Jr. (1999), Mark McGwire (1999), Tino Martinez (1997), Albert Belle (1995) - 16
  14. Miguel Cabrera(2006), Carlos Lee (2005), Mark McGwire (1996), Frank Thomas (1995) - 15
  15. Rafael Palmeiro (2004), Jeromy Burnitz (1999), Lance Berkman (2008), Ryan Braun (2008) - 14
  16. David Ortiz (2006), Sammy Sosa (2001), Matt Holliday (2007), Albert Pujols (2007) - 13
  17. Paul Konerko (2002), Carl Everett (2000), Vinny Castilla (1998), Mark McGwire (1992), Cal Ripken Jr. (1991) - 12
  18. Barry Bonds (2004), Ken Griffey, Jr. (2000), Brady Anderson (1996) - 11
  19. Rafael Palmeiro (1998), Barry Bonds (2001), Richie Sexson (2002), Jim Edmonds (2003) - 10

Most home runs all time (Excluding Swingoff Playoffs) Edit

  1. Ken Griffey, Jr. - 70
  2. Jason Giambi - 67
  3. Sammy Sosa - 65
  4. Mark McGwire - 56
  5. David Ortiz - 54
  6. Barry Bonds - 47
  7. Bobby Abreu - 41
  8. Albert Pujols - 39
  9. Lance Berkman - 39
  10. Josh Hamilton - 35

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