MLB unveils new format for All-Star Home Run Derby at Target Field
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Major League Baseball will be trying a new format for its annual home run derby, starting on July 14 at Target Field.
Under the revamped setup, five players from each league will hit in the first round, with each participant getting seven outs, up from the 10 they've had in past years. Following the first round, the players will be slotted into a tournament bracket. Each squad's second and third-place players will go head-to-head in the quarterfinals, while the top first round players from each league will await the winners in the semifinals.
The new format is a way to award players who break out with a huge first round and allow them a chance to get a breather between rounds.
Toronto's Jose Bautista and the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki have been pegged as American League and National League captains. Both captains are tasked with picking four other players from their respective leagues. Their team selections will be announced on July 7.
Tulowitzki could potentially end up picking his teammate and fan favorite in Minnesota Justin Morneau.
"Justin's having a great year," Tulowitzki told ESPN on Monday. "I know the fans in Minnesota would love for him to participate."