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Bud Selig on the Home Run Derby: “Television wants a three-hour program”

Jul 15, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT

Michael Kinsley once said that “a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” Bud Selig just told one of those truths.

The Commissioner was doing a presser with the Baseball Writers Association of America here this morning, and one of the first topics which came up was the Home Run Derby. Selig acknowledged that the rain put a, um, damper on things last night, but also explained, perhaps unintentionally, why the Derby always drags on:

The tail wagging the dog is never a good look for sports and pretty much explains why the Home Run Derby is a snoozer.

Let us now ponder all of the other things television may want and whether it’s a good idea to give it to them.

  1. bbk1000 - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    The home run contest is stupid…..

    I’d like a skills competition….running the bases for time, hitting a home plate target from the outfield, etc.

    It might be tough to do, and lose one guy to a hammy and everybody would gripe, but it would be more interesting to watch.

  2. ballparkprints - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    TV wants a 3-hour program for the Homerun Derby, fine… Next year 2 hours and 45 minutes into the show I can tune in and watch the conclusion,,,

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