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Last night, Pittsburgh Pirates fans — and all baseball fans — were treated to a hitting display for the ages as the Home Run Derby delivered on the considerable buildup around the event.

Of course, Aaron Judge was the story going into the exhibition, and the show he put on last night was remarkable. Judge sent out multiple shots of 500 feet or more. Who wants to see some highlights?

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That was a hell of a show. Judge, along with Cody Bellinger and others, gave baseball fans something to ooh and aah over, which is exactly what All Star games and surrounding festivities are supposed to do.

Here is a fun visualization from the folks at Statcast that looks at all home runs hit last night:

 

But, alas, there were no Pittsburgh Pirates participants in the derby, which was to be expected for a club that has lacked a traditional home run threat since Pedro Alvarez last manned third first base. Alvarez was the last Pirates participant in the slugfest back in 2013. Here now is a quick look at how Pittsburgh Pirates hitters have fared historically since the contest was introduced in 1985:

PIrates Home Run Derby History

PlayerYearHR Total
Bobby Bonilla19850
Barry Bonds19922
Jason Bay20050
Andrew McCutchen20124
Pedro Alvarez20136

The Home Run derby formats have changed considerably over the years, but Pirates hitters have consistently fared poorly when participating.

“First Half” MVP?

It is a common misnormer to refer to the game’s schedule before the All-Star Break as the “first half.” Of course, this is untrue, as the Pittsburgh Pirates will have played 89 games, or eight more than a true halfway point.

Semantics aside, we want to know who you feel is the team’s Most Valuable Player of the “first half.” Hop over to our twitter and let us know who and why.

 

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Jason Rollison

Jason Rollison has been analyzing baseball and the Pirates in one way or another for 4+ years. Jason's previous stops include rumbunter.com, Pittsburgh Sporting News, Call To The Pen and several print publications. He also covers the State College Spikes for the Centre County Gazette (State College, PA) When it comes to analyzing baseball, he likes to take a middle-of-the-road approach, with one foot on the analytics side of the fence and the other on the old-school side. Having said that, he is a sucker for pitchf/x. Jason has appeared as a phone-in and in-studio guests in numerous outlets, including Trib Live Radio and 93.7 The Fan (CBS Sports Radio)
  • redrage97

    I’m not a fan of the timed format of the HR Derby but sure did make it exciting! when i was younger ESPN (i think it was) would replay the old black and white HR derby shows. that was fun. MLB should bring that back for the off season. have two hitters.. dont’ even need to be power hitters square off in a friendly competition… daily winner gets to pick to donate 10 grand to some charity and then the ‘season’ winner gets to pick to donate 100k or something. Bonus to charity ball shaggers. OR in the off season do it but have the winners participate in the HR derby, i don’t know but something.

    I caught the first couple innings of the Celeb Soft ball tourney too.. it was fairly fun watching HOFs play

    As far as first half MVP, i avoid the tweets but I’d say Gift and Max for showing the team how infield is supposed to be played LOL. Taillion for being able to come back and do pretty well, Bell for his leaps forward on defense and Cutch for his fairly massive turn around. Hopefully his momentum continues!