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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Home Run Derby (7/13)

Tonight is the Home Run Derby version of Ichthyomancy.

The Derby starts at 8:00 p.m.

The rules are as follows:

Opening Round
• Each player gets 10 outs to hit as many home runs as possible.
• The four players with the most home runs hit in the Opening Round advance to the Semi-Final Round.

Semi-Final Round
• Home runs totals from the first round will carry over to the second round.
• Each player gets 10 outs to hit as many home runs as possible per at bat.
• The two players with the most home runs in the Semi-Final Round advance to the Championship Round.

Championship Round
• Home runs from the first two rounds do not carry over to the Championship Round; Opening and Semi-Final Round totals are cleared from the board.
• Each player gets 10 outs to hit as many home runs as possible.
• The player who hits the most home runs in the Championship Round is declared the Home Run Derby champion.


• An out is registered when a player swings at a pitch and does not hit a home run.

• A ball hit over the fence must be fair to count as a home run.

Ichthyomancy points will be awarded in these categories: champion, most homers in a single round, most homers in the derby, and for any accurate (and specific) above and beyond picks (i.e. Ryan Howard goes homerless in the first round and is eliminated, Albert Pujols makes it to the second round with the fewest home runs or Brandon Inge hits 5 total golden home runs.)

Tonight's Participants


Player Team Lg
Nelson Cruz Rangers AL
Prince Fielder Brewers NL
Adrian Gonzalez Padres NL
Ryan Howard Phillies NL
Brandon Inge Tigers AL
Joe Mauer Twins AL
Carlos Pena Rays AL
Albert Pujols Cardinals NL


Since this is totally objective, I get to play. Naturally for the home run derby, and also the All-Star game, you can choose anyone you like, it doesn't have to be a Marlin.  Not that choosing a Marlin is an option for the derby, but I thought I would bring that up.

My picks:
Champion: Nelson Cruz
Most homers in one round: Ryan Howard
Most homers (cumulative): Nelson Cruz
AAB: The Hit it Here sign, gets hit.

It's your turn to make your picks. I will add your name to the table as you make your selections. And yes, the points do count, well, for everyone but me.


Ichthyomancy pick table:

FishStriper Champion Single Round Cumulative AAB
Craig Cruz Howard Cruz Hit it Here sign, hit
Dan Pujols Cruz Gonzalez Pujols trails w/one to go in r. last
Fishcrazy Pena Gonzalez Pujols Mauer & Inge out in r. 1
HadMatter Mauer Gonzalez Pujols Two in r.2 hit HR < 3
LadyFish Pujols Howard Pujols Pena: HR < 5
Spud Howard Pujols Pujols 2+ HR out of park
Tdp992 Pujols Pujols Pujols Mauer out in r. 1

Best of Luck to Everyone!