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Old 07-12-2011, 10:20 AM
 
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it was cool seeing his dad throw to him
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:54 AM
 
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they kept an AL v NL scoreboard at the stadium ... this thing got pretty lopsided .... fielders picks were awful ... although I don't disagree that kemp deserved to be there, he just didn't perform (like bautista) .... 3 of the AL players hit more home runs individually than the NL hitters did cumulatively

not sure if it came through the broadcast well or not, but there was a "we want upton" chant through most of weeks time up there .... he was brutal though

I don't think prince understood that this is a show for the fans - many of whom are paying really good cash to be there ..... he made bad picks and heard about it

Overall a fun events - it's just as long in person as it is on TV .... although the added bonus was very little berman (was nervous when he did the introduction for the evening that the stadium would be hooked up to his mic ...... although daron sutton was pretty brutal, I didn't have to listen to a single "back, back, back")

Cano was crushing them and I'm glad he ended up taking it .... best show and won the thing ..... the final round had the stadium buzzing, although there were stretches where it was pretty quiet

For a minute I was second guessing my decision to bypass seats in the RF bleachers as they were showered all evening with balls, t-shirts, etc ......... however, our seats worked out great and my nephews had a blast - standing for 2-3 hours and getting knocked around in the bleachers wouldn't of been fun for them
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Bo o o o ring.

I wanna see the Rifle Arm Derby. The outflelders stand on the warning track, and throw strikes to the catcher. Or a running race, 100 yards, see who is the fastest runner in MLB. Only one problem. Running speed and a good throwing arm will not get anybody anywhere near an All Star roster, so those guys are not in Phoenix.

At least, in the Home Run Derby, use a decent pitching machine. They might as well toss the ball in the air and hit fungoes into the seats.
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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Fan almost falls from Chase Field stands at Home Run Derby - Big League Stew - MLB*Blog - Yahoo! Sports
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Somewhat interesting: Curse of the Home Run Derby
Interesting if bad science is your idea of interesting...

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The Home Run Derby curse is real. Since 2001, derby participants have averaged a .025 decline in slugging percentage. The top home run hitters who did not participate averaged a .036 increase in slugging.
Most of the "Home-Run Derby curse" can be explained away simply due to sampling bias.

Who is selected for the Home Run Derby? Sluggers. Especially sluggers who are having huge first halves of the season.

The article refers specifically to Bobby Abreu's 2005 season, so so will I.

In 2005 Abreu hit 18 home runs before the break, and only 6 after. Let's look at how many home runs Abreu hit by month:
April 1
May 11
June 5
July 1
Aug 4
Sept 2


Abreu had at least 88 at bats each month so it is not an issue of playing time or opportunity. What number above really stands out? The 4 home runs in August? The 2 in September? No. It's the 11 in May that looks out of place.

Abreu hit a bunch of home runs in May, got picked for the home run derby because of it, then went back to his normal level of home run hitting afterwards. That's not a curse, it's just his normal production.
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Asheville
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here are the lineups for tonights game

courtesy of Yahoo
NL All-Star lineup announced - MLB - Yahoo! Sports (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=A2KJ3Cd0xBxO3gUAl6JNbK5_?slug=sportsxcha nge-000361029_nl-allstar-lineup-announced - broken link)

AL All-Star lineup announced - MLB - Yahoo! Sports (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=A2KJ3Cd0xBxO3gUAnKJNbK5_?slug=sportsxcha nge-000361028_al-allstar-lineup-announced - broken link)
AL
1. Curtis Granderson(notes), Yankees, CF

2. Asdrubal Cabrera(notes), Indians, SS

3. Adrian Gonzalez(notes), Red Sox, 1B

4. Jose Bautista(notes), Blue Jays, RF

5. Josh Hamilton, Rangers, LF

6. Adrian Beltre, Rangers, 3B

7. David Ortiz(notes), Red Sox, DH

8. Robinson Cano(notes), Yankees, 2B

9. Alex Avila(notes), Tigers, C


Jered Weaver(notes) of the Los Angeles Angels was named the American League starting pitcher.

NL

Phillies' right-hander Roy Halladay(notes) was named the starting pitcher. The lineup for the NL is as follows:


1. Rickie Weeks(notes), Brewers, 2B

2. Carlos Beltran(notes), Mets, DH

3. Matt Kemp(notes), Dodgers, CF

4. Prince Fielder(notes), Brewers, 1B

5. Brian McCann(notes), Braves, C

6. Lance Berkman(notes), Cardinals, RF

7. Matt Holliday(notes), Cardinals, LF

8. Troy Tulowitzki(notes), Rockies, SS

9. Scott Rolen(notes), Reds, 3B
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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This is one game where comparing the staring lineups doesn't help much in predicting the outcome. Since the managers are under pressure to make it a gang bang sort of game where you employ as many members of your 32 man squad as possible, the scrubs are as important as the starters.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Joe Buck passionately hates baseball, and is doing everything humanly possible to make the same seem dull, boring and insipid, and sabotaging the game in one of its most visibly glorious moments.

They cut away from the poolside interview with Justin Timberlake, to show the pitches. That was a nice touch.

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Old 07-12-2011, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Joe Buck passionately hates baseball, and is doing everything humanly possible to make the same seem dull, boring and insipid, and sabotaging the game in one of its most visibly glorious moments.
Joe Buck is terrible
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Old 07-12-2011, 09:22 PM
 
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The NL has used nine pitchers, but the pitcher of record at the moment is the Nationals Tyler Clippard who got one out to finish the top of the 4th. The NL took the lead in the bottom of that inning and has held it.

Here in the top of the ninth the NL pitchers have thrown a collective 113 pitches so far.

Clippard threw three of them.

Oop...Wilson coming in, ten pitchers.
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