Earlier this week, MLB and MLBPA jointly announced a series of radical changes to the rules. Some will come into effect this season (trading deadline July 31) while others will come into effect next season (26th place in the list).
Among the rule changes is an increase in Home Run Derby prize winnings. Specifically, the Home Run Derby winner will now receive a $ 1 million bonus, up from $ 150,000 previously. Each year, many famous players pass the Home Run Derby. MLB hope the prize will attract more stars to the event (here is our dream area 2019).
Unfortunately for supporters and MLB, the $ 1 million money is not enough to attract The Yankees slugger Aaron Judge to resume his tips in the Home Run Derby. Earlier this week, the judge told reporters: including Anthony Rieber's Newsdayhe will not participate in the event until it is held in New York. Here are more details of Rieber:
"Maybe if the All-Star break lasted a week and I actually had a break, I'd be more enticed to do it," he said. "But money does not change it."
"(The Home Run Derby 2017)" affected me because I hurt my shoulder, "he said. "But as far as my swing is concerned, no, I was just taking BP – it was probably the worst thing to hear every day, people said:" Did it affect you? " Nah, it was a BP day. It does not really affect me. If I did not hurt, it would have been another story. "
Judge won the 2017 derby with relative relative ease, but dropped in the first few weeks after the All-Star break. He was injured in the shoulder by bumping into the outer field wall in early July. Without ever recognizing it, he said that the Home Run Derby had exacerbated the injury, which ultimately required surgery during the off season. Now he confirms it. The judge did not participate in the 2018 Home Run Derby.
The MLB officials were probably scared when they heard the judge's comments. They are trying to attract big names to Home Run Derby with the $ 1 million bonus. Here is one of the biggest stars of the game who claims that he was hurt during the event and that players need more time to recover. This will probably not help the best players in the game, especially well-paid players, like Mike Trout. (Trout has never participated in the Home Run Derby.)
The Associated Press recently announced that the judge would win $ 684,300 in 2019, as a player eligible for arbitration.. He also received a signing bonus of $ 1.8 million as a first-round pick in 2013 and has signed lucrative sponsorship contracts with Pepsi and Adidas. True, $ 1 million is $ 1 million, but it seems that Judge does not need the money of the price as much as other players.
The Home Run Derby and All-Star Game will be held at Cleveland's Progressive Field this year and at Dodger Stadium next year. The old Yankees stadium hosted the all – star game in 2008 and the new Yankees stadium is expected to line up to host the mid – summer classic sometime in the 2020s.