Josh Hamilton had a fantastic performance in the Home Run Derby – but didn’t win. As a result, there are now a lot of calls to reform the HRD.
I don’t support making home runs from the first two rounds carry over to the final. In this year’s Derby, there would have been no reason to keep watching after the first round. Hamilton would have had the title pretty much in the bag already. Nonetheless, it is true that the Derby tends to be anticlimactic. By the time of the supposedly pivotal final, everyone is worn out and barely hits anything.
The Small White Ball blog appears to have a promising solution: carry over first and second round totals to the final, but have second round balls count double and final round balls count triple. Hamilton would have been able to benefit from his first round performance, but the final round still takes on momentous importance.