Justin Morneau 5, Josh Hamilton 3: You think MLB isn't a little irked at its Home Run Derby format this morning? Josh Hamilton put forth a legend-making performance last night, smacking dinger after dinger in the first round, energizing a packed Yankee Stadium to the point where they were chanting his name Rocky-style . . . but he lost. To the guy who wrongfully beat hometown hero Derek Jeter out for the MVP a couple of years ago. And if you think the folks in Yankee Stadium weren't aware of that last fact as it was happening, you're crazy.
What's to blame for this? The multi-round system which, from what I can tell, was designed to maximize the length of the thing, which in turn maximizes the number of commercials. At the risk of appearing as though I care about the Home Run Derby (dear God, I don't) I'll suggest that, in the future, MLB limit it to a single round avec tiebreaker round if necessary. To make up for the lost time, increase the number of participants. Indeed, if they only stand to hit for a single round, more players may want to participate.
Anyway, here's hoping that the derailing of The Story of The All-Star Game leads to some sort of change.