The 2015 Home Run Derby, which is the focal point of Gatorade’s All-Star Workout Day, will occur on Monday, July 13th at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio. MLB has decided to change the format of the event and the Derby will now play out as a bracket-style, timed event. The eight-player field has not been set yet, but will ultimately be organized into a single-elimination bracket. Each player will have five minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The clock will start upon release of the first pitch and will stop for any home run hit during the final minute. The clock will not begin again until a non-home run occurs. Hitters will be awarded ‘bonus time’ for showcasing home run distance prowess. Contestants will receive an additional minute of swings if they hit two home runs projected to land at least 420 feet as well an additional 30 seconds if they hit a home run of at least 475 feet.
The eight competing players will be seeded, one through eight, based on their season home run totals as of July 7th. If any head-to-head ties occur, the two hitters will compete in a 90-second swing-off. The player that hits more home runs during those 90 seconds will advance to the next round. Reigning champion, Yoenis Cespedes, will try to become the first player ever to win three consecutive home run derbies. Cespedes will likely have an easier time without Giancarlo Stanton (wrist) in the fold.
According to TicketIQ, the average ticket price for the 2015 Home Run Derby is $409.12 while the get-in price is $157. Compared to the last six years, ticket prices for this year’s event are the second highest. A breakdown of the last five years is presented below.
2014: $417.95/$130 (Target Field, Minnesota);
2013: $376.50/$137 (Citi Field, New York);
2012: $498.75/$150 (Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City);
2011: $216.14/$30 (Chase Field, Arizona); and
2010: $297.48/$144 (Angel Stadium, Los Angeles)
Home Run Derby prices spiked in 2012 when the event was in Kansas City, hitting almost a $500 average and ticket prices have remained high since. This year would mark the third in the last four with a Home Run Derby average above $400. The $157 get-in price would also be the most expensive since 2010.
While the Home Run Derby is the first major All-Star Week event for MLB, there will be an unofficial kickoff to the weekend in Cincinnati. On Saturday, July 11, Pete Rose will put on a two-man show at Cincinnati’s Taft Theatre. The show will share stories ranging from Rose’s childhood to his playing days. An Evening with Pete Rose tickets have an average price of $67.18 with a get-in price of $53 on the secondary market.