CINCINNATI — With storms threatening to curtail the 2015 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday, the league announced an adjustment to the already revamped rules to accommodate a shorter contest.
Where 2015 Derby participants were initially slated for five minutes per round to hit as many home runs as they can, the changed format gave them only four — with one time out per round. And it scrapped plans to stop the clock after home runs hit with less than one minute remaining.
It worked: The first round of the Derby moved far faster than some of the interminable early rounds of recent seasons, when players would continue hitting until they made 10 “outs” — any swing that wasn’t a home run — regardless of if they had already…
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