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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Miss The Home Run Derby

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One day before MLB All-Star Game, the sluggers put on an exhibition that has become a exciting part of the festivities. The Home Run Derby is entertaining to watch, and here are five reasons why you shouldn't miss it.

5. A New Format

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5. A New Format

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Instead of many sluggers battling to see who reaches the finals, a new bracket format has the sluggers going against each other in head-to-head competition. The top sluggers get a bye into the third round and relax, but it will be fun to see the field cut from 10 to one.

4. A Chance to See Different Sluggers

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4. A Chance to See Different Sluggers

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Even though we live in an era where games are available on your mobile phone, it is still nice to see different hitters once in a while. The game's top home run hitters are all gathered in one location, and it is nice to watch someone who isn't ordinarily seen on television outside of the local market.

3. Relaxed Atmosphere

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3. Relaxed Atmosphere

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Instead of competing in the heat of battle during a ball game, the beauty of the Home Run Derby is it doesn't count in the overall standings. It's simply an exhibition to see which hitter can blast the most long balls into the night sky.

2. Showing Off the Field

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2. Showing Off the Field

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As the home runs travel through the air, you get a look at the background of the park. This is the first time the All-Star Game/Home Run Derby has been held at Target Field, so you get to see the Minneapolis skyline in all of its glory.

1. The Home Runs

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1. The Home Runs

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It may seem simple, even along the lines of "well, duh!", but the home runs themselves are the allure of the derby. Hearing the homer call has been a fun part of the Home Run Derby, but seeing the balls travel into the stands is always the best part of this event.