Unusual New Rule May Settle Tuesday's All-Star Game

If game is tied after 9 innings, a home-run derby will decide it
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2022 7:24 AM CDT
Weird New Rule May Decide All-Star Game on Tuesday
The National League's Juan Soto, of the Washington Nationals, celebrates after winning MLB's annual home run derby contest Monday in Los Angeles. Under a new rule, another derby will settle Tuesday's All-Star Game if it's tied after 9 innings.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Some baseball fans might actually be rooting for a tie game at the end of nine innings Tuesday night in baseball's annual All-Star Game. Under a new rule for 2022, the game would then be decided by a home-run derby, reports CBS Sports. Each league would send up three batters, then individual batters if the contest remains tied after the first trio's total. The idea is to avoid a marathon game that would risk injury in a relatively meaningless contest.

The league hosts a separate—and extremely popular—home-run derby every year before the All-Star Game, and Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals took the title Monday night, along with its $1 million bonus, notes the AP. Soto's name has been in the headlines for other reasons of late. The 23-year-old rejected a staggering $440 million offer from the Nationals to sign a 15-year contract, and he could be signed by another team in the coming weeks. (More Major League Baseball stories.)

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