2010 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby
The 2010 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby (known through sponsorship reasons as the State Farm Home Run Derby) pit four sluggers each from the National and American Leagues against one another in a home run hitting contest. The final spot was taken on July 10 by Nick Swisher, while the major league leader in home runs at the time, José Bautista, was not invited.
The derby was held Monday, July 12, 2010 at the site of the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. The event was broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN 3D and ESPN Deportes. In addition, it was also broadcast internationally on Rogers SportsNet in Canada, and ESPN America in Europe.
|Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim—A.L. 50, N.L. 45|
|Player||Team||Round 1||Round 2||Subtotal||Finals||Total|
|David Ortiz||Red Sox||8||13||21||11||32|
|Vernon Wells||Blue Jays||2||–||2||–||2|
Each participant is thrown pitches by a pitcher of his choice. The hitter has the option of not swinging at a pitch. If he swings at a pitch and misses or hits the pitch anywhere but in home run territory, it is considered an out. Each player hits until he receives 10 outs in each round. When nine outs are reached in each round, a "gold money ball" comes into play.
In the first two rounds, home run totals will carry over for those rounds. Should there be a tie after either of the first two rounds, a "Swing-Off" takes place. In a Swing-Off, each tied player gets five swings to get as many home runs as possible, plus extra swings if needed. Home runs hit during a first round Swing-Off do not count towards the player's total going into the second round. All eight players participate in the first round; the four highest totals from round one will move to the semi-finals. The top two totals will face off in the finals, with the scores deleted from the first two rounds.
State Farm donated US $3,000 for every non-"gold ball" home run and $17,000 for each gold ball homer to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. In addition, a child from certain a Boys and Girls Club was assigned to each of the eight players with the child assigned to the winner receiving a $50,000 donation from State Farm and the other seven getting $10,000 for their club. In all, a total of $523,000 was donated.
- First six set to compete in Home Run Derby.
- Robinson Cano to withdraw from Derby due to minor back injury.
- Hanley Ramírez added to Home Run Derby.
- Young's All-Star experience to include Derby.