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Open Thread and Ichthyomancy: Home Run Derby (7/12)

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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 do not carry over; Opening Round totals are cleared from the board.
  • 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 CENTURY 21 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.

The golden ball once again returns for tonight.  When a player is down to their final out the pitcher will throw a golden ball.  Should the player hit a golden ball for a home run it will generate money given to charity.

Should you want to buy a juiced up golden ball, you can do so here for the low price of $29.99: Golden Baseball

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. David Ortiz goes homerless in the first round and is eliminated or Hanley Ramirez outhomers Miguel Caberea 5-3 in the final, with Hanley hitting two "golden" homers in the final round to clinch the title).

Tonight's Participants

Player Team Lg
Matt Holliday Cardinals NL
Chris Young D'backs NL
Miguel Cabrera Tigers AL
Hanley Ramirez Marlins NL
Nick Swisher Yankees AL
Vernon Wells Blue Jays AL
David Ortiz Red Sox AL
Cory Hart Brewers NL


Since this is totally objective, GameFish and I get to play. Oh, in this and likewise in the All-Star game, you are under no obligation to take a Marlins player. You can, if you want, but it is not required.

My picks:
Champion: Vernon Wells
Most homers in one round: David Ortiz
Most homers (cumulative): David Ortiz
AAB: Hanley Ramirez hits the "Hit it Here" sign

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 GameFish and myself.

Ichthyomancy pick table:

Person Champion Single Round Cumulative AAB
Craig Wells Ortiz Ortiz Hanley: hits the "Hit it Here" sig
GameFish Hanley Cabrera Hart Hart: 33 total HR
BacksThePack Cabrera Wells Cabrera 2nd round: Swisher, Wells, Cabrera and Ortiz
Spud Cabrera Ortiz Wells Hanley 2+ golden HR, eliminated in 1st round
LadyFish Hart Cabrera Wells Young: most golden HR
HadMatter Swisher Young Hanley Someone injures themselves
Dgriot Hanley Hanley Hanley Hanley sets single round record
Bourbon  Hanley Hanley Hanley Hanley: 1+ opposite field HR


Best of Luck to Everyone!