A forecast of severe weather in the Cincinnati area has thrown Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby into uncertainty. But MLB is leaving no stones unturned to hold the game. MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said on Monday that they will do “everything possible” to hold Monday night’s Derby as scheduled, according to ESPN.
The city experienced heavy rains in the afternoon, with forecasts of showers and thunderstorms until midnight. A severe thunderstorm watch at 11 p.m. was issued by The National Weather Service after it canceled its previous issue of thunderstorm until 8 p.m.
MLB officials are considering several parallel plans of shortening the derby or holding it on Tuesday afternoon if at all necessary.
However, they were not ready to discuss the plans publicly unless it is implemented.
“We are going to do everything possible to get in the Home Run Derby,” Courtney said. “If not, we will immediately announce plans.”
But it’s clear for now that the MLB has agreed to shorten the original plan for this year’s format, which witnessed its first year of implementation. Only once did it rain during the Home Run contest; it was in 1988, years after it was initiated in 1985. Since it wasn’t the prime-time extravaganza it is today, it was not rescheduled. Now, with a sell-out crowd, and each ticket costing a minimum $120, not to mention a major part of All-Star landscape, MLB has to find out a possible way of staging the Derby.
Contestants will have four minutes to hit as many homers as possible instead of a five-minute running clock.