Vegas Odds On 2014 MLB Home Run Derby
Vegas odds on 2013 MLB Home Run Derby had Detroit's triple threat Miguel Cabrera as a leading candidate to participate, as he has 20 home runs for the Detroit Tigers heading into Major League Baseball's All-Star game this year. Also in the American League, Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion has 21 dingers as of this writing, Adam Dunn with the White Sox has hit 20 round trippers, and Texas' Nelson Cruz has 19 four baggers. In the National League, Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt is tied with Philly's Dominic Brown and Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez with 19 home runs on the year, and Jay Bruce of the Reds has 18 so far. Powerful Prince Fielder has won 2 Home Run Derbies in the last 4 years, and will probably get the nod this year as well. These players are all among the favorites chosen to participate in the 2013 MLB Home Run Derby, held last year at Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, New York. Check back here for information on the 2014 Home Run Derby closer to the event.
About The Home Run Derby
The Major League Baseball Home Run Derby contest began in 1985 with 10 players, five each from the American and National Leagues. The roster has been trimmed to four players from each league in recent years, and the current system has two rounds before a finals face-off among the top two leaders, with the first two rounds home run totals combined. Each player is allowed 10 outs per round, with an out being defined as any swing which is not a home run. One of the most viewed events on ESPN every year, some years outdrawing the accompanying MLB All-Star game which is held over the same extended weekend, the event is a showcase of sheer power and eye-hand coordination.
Each Home Run Derby batter chooses their own pitcher, many times opting for their teams batting practice pitcher. The ball is essentially lobbed towards the player, giving him the best opportunity at crushing a memorable tape measure job. Everyone remembers the 16 home runs Mark McGwire hit through the first two rounds at Fenway Park in 1999. One of those beasts was a 488 foot bomb that cleared Boston's Green Monster, crossed the street behind the stadium, flew over a parking garage and headed for the Massachusetts Turnpike. The next year Sammy Sosa won the Derby with 26 total home runs on the day, highlighted by a 508 foot straightaway rocket that even cleared Turner Field's centerfield cameras.
The savvy bettor can take advantage of the fact that even skilled hitters sometimes offer long odds at the MLB All-Star Weekend Home Run Derby. Baseball's beloved Cal Ripken Junior was considered an underdog, but took home the Home Run Derby title in 1991 at the SkyDome in Toronto. Or you may want to go with a powerful favorite, which the Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton was in 2008 when he blasted a record 28 home runs in the first round alone. In one of the last hurrahs of the old Yankee Stadium, Hamilton crushed five home runs into the upper deck, with three traveling more than 500 feet. His 518 footer would still be going had it not hit a portion of the very top of the upper deck that night. The MLB Home Run Derby is an event not to be missed, and you can place a wager on your favorite to win the event right here each year.
Las Vegas Home Run Derby Betting Odds
The following are the most current Las Vegas odds on who will win the Home Run Derby.
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