The California League and the Carolina League are going to stage the coolest home run derby ever this June.
The two High A leagues host a joint All-Star Game and they’re adding a unique twist for this year’s home run derby. Rather than having the derby at the home park of the team hosting the game, they’ll have prospects launch dingers off the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.
Well, they won’t even have to hit the ball that far. Home plate will be set up about 250 feet from the bow (that’s nautical speak for “front”) of the ship, so there will be plenty of balls landing in the water below.
The contest will take place on the USS Midway in San Diego Bay and balls will be retrieved by volunteers on jet skis, stand-up paddleboards and kayaks.
The MLB All-Star Game is also in San Diego this season. Is it too late to tweak the home run derby plans?
- Dan Gartland