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(ESPN)   MLB tries to improve the Home Run Derby by changing the rules, ignoring obvious solution of eliminating Chris Berman   ( espn.go.com) divider line
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2014-07-08 09:52:04 PM  
Subby should be forced to listen to Berman on a 48 hour loop for linking to mobile version
 
2014-07-08 10:17:32 PM  

The Bestest: Subby should be forced to listen to Berman on a 48 hour loop for linking to mobile version


Why would you do that to someone? Even Cheney isn't that cold hearted...
 
2014-07-08 10:33:23 PM  
I learned the other day that the home run derby began as a TV game show

/had some great hitters as contestants, too
//I did not know that
 
2014-07-08 10:43:00 PM  
Changing to a bracket format just makes it more random who the winner will be.  You're dramatically increasing the odds of having a boring final with two nobodies.
 
2014-07-08 10:46:37 PM  
If they let Puig do his bat flip after each Home Run it'll take forever.
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2014-07-08 10:48:32 PM  
I'm surprised with the US allegedly in the grip of "soccer fever" that they don't give each batter just one swing to keep scoring down, encourage hitters to flop when a pitch misses hitting them by six inches, and give all the fans vuvuzelas.
 
2014-07-08 11:09:00 PM  
backbackbackbackbackbackbackbackbackbackbackbackbackbackbackbackbackba ckback GAAAAAAWN
 
2014-07-09 12:36:51 AM  
So basically the NL players could spent the first three rounds hitting 15 homers each and tiring themselves out, while the AL winner gets 4. Brilliant.
 
2014-07-09 01:03:37 AM  
Bikinis. Wait... wait..
Women in bikinis. There we have.... no, wait...

WITH Jerry Lawler commentating.

There. I'd watch that.
 
2014-07-09 01:20:54 AM  
Now, Chris isn't so bad. There are only so many ways to describe a guy hitting a ball over a fence.

I'd actually like to watch it with no commentary at all.
 
2014-07-09 01:24:39 AM  

The Bestest: Subby should be forced to listen to Berman on a 48 hour loop for linking to mobile version


Deux Deux Deux's

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0q4oibfs9g
 
2014-07-09 01:26:20 AM  

PapaChester: Bikinis. Wait... wait..
Women in bikinis. There we have.... no, wait...

WITH Jerry Lawler commentating.

There. I'd watch that.


With Andy Kaufman coming back from the dead
 
2014-07-09 01:26:29 AM  
I haven't read it, but I remember someone saying (Dan Patrick?) that in the ESPN oral history book, Berman comes across as completely oblivious to even the possibility his schtick was tired 20 years ago, and that he appears to believe he is the key to the network's success.

/and fark Stuart Scott, too
 
2014-07-09 01:29:05 AM  

Mambo Bananapatch: Now, Chris isn't so bad. There are only so many ways to describe a guy hitting a ball over a fence.

I'd actually like to watch it with no commentary at all.


He is a fat lazy asshole. The best way to describe is to talk about it. Berman just uses cheap tricks instead of having something to say.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!

Worst call in sports
 
2014-07-09 03:43:48 AM  
Bonus $ for batters that hit over 5,280 feet total.
The Mile Long Club.
/Could
//Go
///All
////The
//Slashies!
 
2014-07-09 07:01:41 AM  
static6.businessinsider.com

Get this guy instead.
 
2014-07-09 07:33:26 AM  
Chris Berman is reason number 1 of 48 that I cannot stand espn.
 
2014-07-09 07:34:41 AM  
Please oh please don't tell me he's doing The Open.
 
2014-07-09 07:55:30 AM  
I still wish there was a toggle for sports broadcasts that would let you turn off the announcers.
 
2014-07-09 07:56:56 AM  
It's been so long that I've even watch this I forgot Cap'n Applebees was the reason I stopped in the first place.
 
2014-07-09 08:28:00 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: I still wish there was a toggle for sports broadcasts that would let you turn off the announcers.


I have one.  If you have a surround sound setup, you can switch off the center channel and the announcers go away, but the stadium sounds stay.
 
2014-07-09 08:35:53 AM  

NeoCortex42: HotWingConspiracy: I still wish there was a toggle for sports broadcasts that would let you turn off the announcers.

I have one.  If you have a surround sound setup, you can switch off the center channel and the announcers go away, but the stadium sounds stay.


Ah yeah, that's a good idea. It's just 90% filler and ad reads at this point. Sometimes former players have good stories or insights, but for the most part I can just do without.
 
2014-07-09 08:39:42 AM  
Three words.

Hire. Gus. Johnson.
 
2014-07-09 08:52:09 AM  
I would watch the Home Run Derby if they brought in this guy.
www.clevescene.com
 
2014-07-09 08:55:05 AM  
God, I used to love the All-Star Game as a kid, before it meant committing six or seven hours of my life to Berman and Joe Buck. (I will say that I've watched one Fox game this season, and Buck seems to audibly hate sports a little less without Tim McCarver sitting next to him)
 
2014-07-09 08:56:52 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: I still wish there was a toggle for sports broadcasts that would let you turn off the announcers.


5.1 Home Theather system.  unplug center speaker.

/voila!
 
2014-07-09 09:01:40 AM  
Replace baseballs with super balls, watch Stanton hit one 700 feet
 
2014-07-09 09:09:52 AM  
Hire Champ Kind

us105fm.com
 
2014-07-09 09:16:00 AM  

APO_Buddha: I would watch the Home Run Derby if they brought in this guy.
[www.clevescene.com image 500x314]


I still think that the All-Star Game should use different announcers every year.  Something along the lines of the hosting-team local announcers or some sort of all-star announcer selection.
 
2014-07-09 10:04:05 AM  
Keep the kids shagging flies in the outfield, but take away their gloves
 
2014-07-09 10:17:11 AM  

jbc: I'm surprised with the US allegedly in the grip of "soccer fever" that they don't give each batter just one swing to keep scoring down, encourage hitters to flop when a pitch misses hitting them by six inches, and give all the fans vuvuzelas.


During the 2010 World Cup, one of the teams (I think it was the Astros or the Marlins) gave away vuvuzuelas as a fan giveaway.  It did not end well
 
2014-07-09 10:18:48 AM  

UNC_Samurai: Three words.

Hire. Gus. Johnson.


Yeah, let's make it even worse.
 
2014-07-09 10:40:35 AM  
It sounds more complicated than it needs to be.
 
2014-07-09 10:44:35 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I learned the other day that the home run derby began as a TV game show

/had some great hitters as contestants, too
//I did not know that


you are correct sir......it was kind of slow to watch, but it had the biggest names on it.
 
2014-07-09 10:50:49 AM  
NeoCortex42:
I still think that the All-Star Game should use different announcers every year.  Something along the lines of the hosting-team local announcers or some sort of all-star announcer selection.

i'mokwiththat.jpg
 
2014-07-09 10:52:30 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I learned the other day that the home run derby began as a TV game show

/had some great hitters as contestants, too
//I did not know that


I recently watched the Mickey Mantle vs. Willie Mays episode (Youtube).  It was amazing.  Well worth
the time.

/ might have been a Fark Video Tab submission
 
2014-07-09 11:08:52 AM  

llortcM_yllort: During the 2010 World Cup, one of the teams (I think it was the Astros or the Marlins) gave away vuvuzuelas as a fan giveaway. It did not end well


If it was the Marlins, I can't even imagine the din 2,400 vuvuzelas would make in that stadium
 
2014-07-09 11:49:25 AM  
Take out the BP pitchers and replace them with pitching machine.

Give the hitter 5 pitches to get the machine set to where he wants it.

Hitter still gets 7 outs, but any pitch he doesn't swing at is a strike.

3 strikes is an out.

Or to make it even faster, any pitch they don't swing at is an out.

Honestly, got tired of watching a guy take a bunch of pitches before swinging.  Haven't watched it in years for this exact reason.  It takes TOO DAMN LONG.


Home Run Derby was awesome.
 
2014-07-09 11:50:46 AM  
Used to love watching HR derby, but Berman has made it unwatchable.
 
2014-07-09 12:00:51 PM  

BunkoSquad: llortcM_yllort: During the 2010 World Cup, one of the teams (I think it was the Astros or the Marlins) gave away vuvuzuelas as a fan giveaway. It did not end well

If it was the Marlins, I can't even imagine the din 2,400 vuvuzelas would make in that stadium


Was it also "buy one ticket, get 99 free" day?
 
2014-07-09 12:02:09 PM  
How about a nude home run hitting contest.  Going, Going, Going.....
guyism.com
 
2014-07-09 01:26:18 PM  
All-star weekends across all sports are about as boring as humanly possible. Just give the players a few days off but don't force us to watch meaningless activities.
 
2014-07-09 01:46:32 PM  

king of vegas: All-star weekends across all sports are about as boring as humanly possible. Just give the players a few days off but don't force us to watch meaningless activities.



Who is forcing you to watch those things?
 
2014-07-09 06:42:03 PM  

king of vegas: All-star weekends across all sports are about as boring as humanly possible. Just give the players a few days off but don't force us to watch meaningless activities.


Hockey seems to have a good bit of fun with it. The skills competition is a lot less boring than the home run derby and nobody pretends to take the ASG too seriously. I loved when they even gave mics to the goalies and interviewed them during play.

The MLB ASG used to be really fun, but "now it counts".
 
2014-07-09 07:43:10 PM  
a) You get to pick your pitcher, so there's no taking pitches. It's on your shoetops? Vladimir Guerrero wouldn't be a pussy and take the pitch; neither should you.
b) One round, unless there's a tie at the top. Multiple rounds, then taking away the HRs you already hit is stupid.

Stop making it into a clown show and maybe the good hitters will actually want to participate in it again.
 
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