MLB adds home run derby wrinkle to All-Star Game in event of tie

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Major League Baseball All-Star Game If nine innings of American and National League teams end in a draw, a new wrinkle will be put into it.

should game ends in a tieTo determine the winner, there will be a home run derby between the two teams. The provision, which paved the way for the new rule, was buried in performance 13 of the Memorandum of Understanding settling the lockdown on March 10.

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Kyle Schwarber of the Philadelphia Phillies practices batting the day before the 2022 MLB All-Star baseball game, Monday, July 18, 2022, in Los Angeles.
(AP photo/Jee Si Hong)

“The manager of each league’s All-Star team shall select three players on their team’s active roster who have agreed to participate in the All-Star tiebreaker, if applicable; one alternate player from their active roster who is the All-Star. tiebreaker, if necessary a tiebreaker selection due to injury; an All-Star team coach who will conduct batting practice during the All-Star tiebreaker; and an All-Star team bullpen catcher who will catch during the All-Star tiebreaker,” The rule is stated.

Play would be paused briefly after the ninth inning to reconfigure the field to provide a tiebreaker for the field crew.

Each player sent to bat gets three swings each.

“Each player may take an unlimited number of pitches without counting against his swing total. Players from each team may hit in any order during the All-Star tiebreaker, provided that each team’s batsmen alternate.”

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Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves practices batting the day before the 2022 MLB All-Star Baseball game on Monday, July 18, 2022 in Los Angeles.

Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves practices batting the day before the 2022 MLB All-Star Baseball game on Monday, July 18, 2022 in Los Angeles.
(AP photo/Jee Si Hong)

The American League would send a batsman to hit first and then the National League would move to second.

The rules state, “Once all six tiebreaker selections have completed their swing, the team with the most home runs will be declared the winner of the All-Star Game.” “If the teams after the tiebreaker have the same number of home runs, each manager shall select a tiebreaker selection to participate in the second round in which the tiebreaker selection from each team takes three swings to break the tie. Heads above- The two-head format will continue till the tie is broken.”

Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker, who runs the National League, and Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker, who runs the American League, have already chosen their players.

Snitker went with New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, his own outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber. all players who participated Monday Night Home Run Derby,

Baker picked Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker and Seattle Mariners players Julio Rodriguez and Ty France. Rodriguez was runner-up in the derby to Washington Nationals star Juan Soto.

Julio Rodriguez of the American League, of the Seattle Mariners, bats during the MLB All-Star Baseball home run derby, Monday, July 18, 2022 in Los Angeles.

Julio Rodriguez of the American League, of the Seattle Mariners, bats during the MLB All-Star Baseball home run derby, Monday, July 18, 2022 in Los Angeles.
(AP photo/Jee Si Hong)

Alonso recalled on Monday that he was getting ready to play the Braves in Truist Park when the snitcher called him. He wondered why the opposing manager was calling him. Alonso said he was ready for it immediately.

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“I’ll be your man,” he said to the snitker. “I think it’s fun. I think it’ll be a great event if it happens.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.