2009 Home Run Derby
The 2009 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby (known through sponsorship reasons as the State Farm Home Run Derby) was the sport's 25th annual home run-hitting contest and took place on July 13, 2009, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, the host location of the MLB All-Star Game. ESPN (United States), Rogers Sportsnet (Canada), and ESPN America (Europe) telecast the event, while ESPN Radio broadcast on radio.
|American League||National League|
|Nelson Cruz (TEX)||Prince Fielder (MIL)|
|Carlos Peña (TB)||Adrian Gonzalez (SD)|
|Joe Mauer (MIN)||Ryan Howard (PHI)|
|Brandon Inge (DET)||Albert Pujols (STL)|
Each participant is thrown pitches by a pitcher of his choice. The hitter has the option of not swinging at a pitch. If he swings at a pitch and misses or hits the pitch anywhere but in home run territory, it is considered an out. Each player hits until he receives 10 outs in each round.
In the first two rounds, home run totals carried over for those rounds. Should there be a tie after either of the first two rounds, a "Swing-Off" takes place. In a Swing-Off, each tied player gets 5 swings to get as many home runs as possible. Home runs hit during a first round Swing-Off does not count towards the player's total going into the second round. All eight players participated in the first round; the four highest totals from round one will move to the semi-finals. The top two totals will face off in the finals, with the scores deleted from the first two rounds.
When a player reaches nine outs in each round, the "Gold Ball" was brought into play. For each Gold Ball hit for a home run, State Farm agreed to donate US $17,000 (one dollar for each of their agents) for each home run hit to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. This marks the fifth Home Run Derby for the Gold Ball rule. Each non-Gold Ball homer was worth $5,000. Overall, $527,000 was raised.
Stand Up 2 Cancer
MasterCard International would have donated $1 million to the Stand Up to Cancer initiative if a player had hit a home run off one of three designated banners in the stadium, which nobody did. Previously, sponsors like MasterCard and Chevrolet had given away 500 airline tickets and automobiles had home run balls hit designated banners. The banners remained in place for the All-Star Game.
|Busch Stadium, St. Louis—N.L. 51, A.L. 31|
|Player||Team||Round 1||Round 2||Subtotal||Finals||Total|
|Albert Pujols||Cardinals||5 (2)||6||11||–||11|
|Carlos Peña||Rays||5 (1)||–||5||–||5|
|Joe Mauer||Twins||5 (0)||–||5||–||5|
^a Advanced after winning swing off. Pujols 2, Peña 1, Mauer 0.