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Andy C

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It would be fun if one lucky AL and NL Little League player would get to bat during the HR Derby :smile
How embarrassing for the big-leaguers if one of them would win :hehee
Yes, and if grasshoppers carried machine guns, crows would not mess with them…. :lol

Little league players have several events during the season at various stadiums, and are fun to watch.

Probably only a select few little league players could even come close to hitting a ball far enough to clear the wall in a MLB stadium.
 

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Yes, and if grasshoppers carried machine guns, crows would not mess with them…. :lol

Little league players have several events during the season at various stadiums, and are fun to watch.

Probably only a select few little league players could even come close to hitting a ball far enough to clear the wall in a MLB stadium.

Yup. They're tomorrow's MLB stars :smile

Imagine the awe and thrill for the kid actually hitting a home run during the Derby, though :smile
Just getting his or her bat on the ball would be a huge accomplishment, even with the pitcher deliberately setting up a home run :smile
 

Andy C

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Yup. They're tomorrow's MLB stars :smile

Imagine the awe and thrill for the kid actually hitting a home run during the Derby, though :smile
Just getting his or her bat on the ball would be a huge accomplishment, even with the pitcher deliberately setting up a home run :smile
A little home run derby history:

First contest, 1959, Willie Mays verse Mickey Mantle. They played 9 innings of 3 outs each. Every hit ball that was not a home run was considered an out. Also, they had a home plate umpire, and if the batter did not swing, and the ump called it a strike, it was also considered an out.

The winner received 2,000 dollars, the loser 1,000 dollars. That was good money back then. I looked up each players baseball season contract for 1959, and Mays earned 75,000 for the season, and Mantle 70,000. Additionally, if they hit 3 consecutive HRs, they got an additional 500, and neither of them did this in the first contest.

Side note - The pitchers pitched from the mound, but not at full speed. Each batter had their own designated pitcher, and the pitcher who gave up the most home runs received 1000 dollars. So the pitcher had an incentive to throw the ball right where the batters power was.
 
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