All-Star Game decided by a HR derby if tied after 9 innings

by | Jul 18, 2022 | Sports

LOS ANGELES — Pete Alonso was in the visitors’ clubhouse at Truist Park last week when an attendant made a puzzling request: Would the New York Mets slugger take a call from Atlanta Braves skipper Brian Snitker?“Why is the opposing manager calling me?” Alonso recalled thinking. He quickly found out. Snitker was preparing to manage the National League All-Star squad and had an important question, based on a first-time, fan-friendly rule change.If the score was even after nine innings in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, Snitker asked, would Alonso participate in the new tiebreaking Home Run Derby that would decide the winning team?“I’ll be your guy,” Alonso recalled telling him. “I think it’s fun. I think it’s going to be a great event if that does happen.”Alonso wasn’t aware of the novel format, in which three players from each league would take three swings apiece to decide the final result. He wasn’t alone in finding out what could be on deck.“That would actually happen?” Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton said. “This is news to me.”Snitker also picked Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr. and Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber for NL, while Houston’s Dusty Baker selected Seattle’s Julio Rodríguez and Ty France along with Houston’s Kyle Tuc …

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