With 15 years between back to back champions, lots of things have happened in the sporting world during that time. With that being said, here is a look at 21 things that have happened since we last had a back-to-back Home Run Derby champion.
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Baseball is referred to as America’s favorite past time, but for four days it’s been Minnesotans who’ve celebrated the game like no other.
Seattle’s Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night’s All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League.
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Even with more than 90 losses for three straight seasons, the Minnesota Twins have averaged more than 30,000 fans a game since Target Field opened in 2010. The ballpark itself is clearly part of the draw. “I love the architecture,” Jessi Oeltjen of Spring Valley said. “I’m a design buff, so just the architecture, the design, the layout. Once you get inside, there is not a bad seat in the house.”
Sitting in the Minnesota Twins locker room Sunday surrounded by many of the most promising minor leaguers, Christian Binford remembered back five years ago, when he was a 10th grader pitching for the Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. Up to the plate walked some stud on the other team who was good enough to attract 10-20 scouts.
San Francisco’s Tim Hudson, Cincinnati’s Alfredo Simon, San Diego’s Huston Street and Washington’s Tyler Clippard have been added to the roster for Tuesday’s All-Star game at Target Field as the National League changed about one-third of its pitching staff. They replace a quartet of pitchers who started Sunday: the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner, the Reds’ Johnny Cueto, the Padres’ Tyson Ross and the Atlanta Braves’ Julio Teheran.
Brian Dozier played his own version of Home Run Derby against the Colorado Rockies, hitting two into the left-field seats. Next up, the real thing — in his home park. Dozier had his first career multihomer game to get cranked up for the derby and the Minnesota Twins beat the Rockies 13-5 on Sunday.
The Minnesota Twins and the city of Minneapolis found new locations for the two streets commemorating the Twins’ Hall of Famers, Kirby Puckett and Rod Carew. Kirby Puckett Place and Rod Carew Drive will be relocated next to Target Field.
The 85th annual All-Star Game is still a few days away, but already fans are flocking to the Minneapolis Convention Center to take in the sights and sounds of baseball. Twins spokesman Kevin Smith says there will be a chance for everyone to get into the spirit of the game, with a parade on Tuesday. And at Target Station, behind the field, they will be showing both the Home Run Derby on Monday and the game on Tuesday.
Some run support at long last made all the difference for Kevin Correia. Correia pitched six innings of one-run ball, Eduardo Escobar homered, and the Minnesota Twins pulled away late to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3 on Saturday. Correia (5-11) scattered seven hits and cooled the power-hitting Rockies, who stranded 10 baserunners and were kept in the yard after slugging eight home runs in their previous two games. He walked one and struck out one in snapping a hard-luck three-game losing streak during which he had received no run support.
With the All-Star game coming to the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Twins see the mid-summer party as more than a way to distract from another disappointing season. In some ways, it’s a referendum on the success of outdoor baseball in the chilly north country and the first chance 5-year-old Target Field has had to take center stage.
Baseball fans don’t have to wait for Tuesday’s All-Star game to celebrate the All-Star break. The All-Star FanFest kicked off Friday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Thousands are expected to attend the five-day event that celebrates everything baseball.