The new home run derby format could in fact be a brilliant innovation to a stagnant event. Last night’s event was a good test run for how this event may go in the future. In fact, performances from several of the participants displayed a helpful case study for how to tinker with the model so it best meets its potential.
But speaking from only experiencing one such newly-formatted derby, my commentary must be less evidence-based and more in the realm of logical/hypothetical.
The bracket is definitely a major shift from the derby of years past, and it’s almost surely here to stay. That’s mostly a good thing, though there’s definitely room for improvement.