Bud Selig on Home Run Derby length: TV wants a three-hour program
On Monday night Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes became the first back-to-back winner of the Home Run Derby since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998 and '99. But Cespedes' accomplishment was less than thrilling. Even without the half-hour rain delay, viewers had to endure over three-hours of what some call a glorified batting practice.
It seemed there were just as many people on Twitter that were complaining about the length of the event as were congratulating Cespedes.
According to Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, it isn't MLB's fault the even is so long—it's ESPN's.
Selig on length of Home Run Derby: "Television wants a three-hour program."— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) July 15, 2014
Of course, while that may explain the matter, it might not make viewers feel any better.