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What rule changes are coming to the MLB Home Run Derby at Globe Life Field in Arlington?

What rule changes are coming to the MLB Home Run Derby at Globe Life Field in Arlington?

What rule changes are coming to the MLB Home Run Derby at Globe Life Field in Arlington?

Viewers can expect to see some changes to this year’s MLB Home Run Derby.

On Sunday, the league announced that the event would feature new rules and a revamped format. This year’s MLB All-Star Game festivities will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

The rule changes are designed to impact what was previously described as a frenetic pace at the event. While each round will remain timed, each participating batter will see a maximum of 40 pitches and will be allowed one timeout in the first round and the semifinals.

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According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, last year’s participants averaged more than 43 swings per round.

Batters are also allowed three extra outs in the first round and semifinals, and would get a fourth out with a 425-foot home run in the bonus period.

The final round would be limited to two minutes with 27 pitches. According to the league, eight batters will compete in the first round and the top four will advance to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, the semi-finals will be in a group format with first-round home run totals determining the seeding. The top two hitters in the event would meet in the final.

Here’s a look at the new format and rules:

The field for this year’s Home Run Derby will be revealed in a few weeks. This year’s event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 15. Rangers slugger Adolis Garcia notably faced off against longtime friend Randy Arozarena in last year’s Derby in Seattle.

Baltimore’s Gunnar Henderson announced he will compete in this year’s Derby during ESPN’s broadcast of Rangers-Orioles on Sunday night.

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