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A word on the HR Derby

The big boppers go for the fences in Anaheim tonight and it's hard to say how much people are into this event anymore. I've been to five of them and -- save for Josh Hamilton's incredible showing two years ago at old Yankee Stadium -- they have generally been snore-inducers.

They go on too long (do we really need 10 outs in the first round?), too many guys either take too many pitches or do very little when they swing, and many of the top sluggers are shying away from the thing for fear of injury or ruining their swing for the rest of the season.

ESPN always gets great ratings for it, usually better than most games. And there's a huge corporate sale of tickets in conjunction with Tuesday's game. So I doubt it's going away. But it has the feel of the NBA Slam Dunk contest. It's a great idea whose time might be over. 

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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