It’s home run derby time! Post you thoughts here as Todd Frazier attempts to bring home the home run derby crown.

69 Responses

  1. PhoenixPhil

    Is it going to get rained out?

  2. THE GO BUCKS FOOTBALL

    Will the new video board be in play at tonites Homerun derby? With hitters trying to hit over board and not driving the ball out of the park.

  3. mikemartz

    Win or lose I’m betting no one hits a no handed homer like Super Todd can!

    • jdx19

      Fake tan and a blonde-dyed comb-over on a 70 year old? Nawww, that’s perfectly normal!

  4. VaRedsFan

    THOM! on the PA??? Sorry baseball world

    • wildwestlv

      Isn’t he there b/c he’s part of the Racing Brennamans, tomorrow, in the 4th inning?

  5. VaRedsFan

    Griffey looks like he could still lace ’em up

  6. VaRedsFan

    Did they bring in Marquis to throw BP to anyone?

  7. jdx19

    Worst camera work I’ve ever seen for a derby so far.

      • VaRedsFan

        How about a behind the pitcher view?

      • jdx19

        Yeah. I don’t like not being able to see how the ball jumps off the bat from a familiar perspective!

        Heeey, just got a good view on Donaldson.

  8. jdx19

    Junior with a shout-out to West Chester! Dub-Ceee!

  9. jdx19

    Todd is going to have a tough time against Prince. Hitting moonshots.

  10. wildwestlv

    In Round 2, SuperTodd will bat one-handed, while downing a funnel cake with the other.

  11. aktrainer

    Super Todd! That was great! Our season may not be going very well but it sure is fun to watch Frazier hit ’em out of the park!

  12. magi210

    Cueto for Peterson, everyone OK with that? (Except the Dodgers)

    • jdx19

      SIgn me up! With him in left, Billy, and Jay we’d have the 2nd best defensive OF in the majors (darn Royals).

      • redmountain

        Probably should start to, at least, consider that Bruce may not be here in a few weeks. If that is true, then the Reds had better get someone like Pederson in return. I do not think they will get him from the Dodgers though.

  13. jdx19

    Bryant shouldn’t have brought his dad. He’s throwing him way inside. Can’t extend his arms. The kid is 6’5″!

  14. BigRedMike

    always good to see Eric the Red

    nice job Frazier

  15. indredsfan

    If this keeps up, I suspect Walt will add Frazier’s brother to the pitching staff!

  16. jessecuster44

    SUPERTODD! This is pretty cool.

    • RedAlert

      Haven’t been able to say that consistently have we – sure happy for Todd and it’s certainly a win for Cincinnati – awesome ! Really liked the format too

  17. mwvohio

    Just wanted to log in real quick to say that that was a special moment. Easily the best HR derby I’ve ever seen. Todd is amazing and the crowd was roaring. Great way to end the night.

  18. renbutler

    Power outage in Indy just as Frazier was entering the batter’s box!

    Thankfully I was able to pull it up on Watch ESPN as he was about to clinch the victory.

    Stay safe in Cincy. We’re sending some bad weather down your way.

  19. tct

    It’s been a rough couple months, but it’s great to be a Reds fan tonight. Todd put on a show. Every round right down to the wire.

  20. Qatar's Reds

    Great home run derby. Really like the new format and even better that Frazier won.

    • pinson343

      I can’t put it any better than that. Gave us something to cheer about and remember in a tough year.

  21. Gonzo Reds

    WOW!!! Great moment before we blow up the team and see what the youngsters can do and hopefully fire Jocketty and Price. Haven’t felt this pumped since 1990!!! As for ASG, I have rooted for NL my entire life, 40+ games I’ve watched. This year, I’m thinking maybe we should root for AL? (we don’t want the hated Cards or Pirates to get home field) What do you think?

    • pinson343

      I’ll automatically root for the NL to win the all star game, can’t help it. Especially if Chapman comes in to save it.

      But I hope to be rooting for the Astros or Toronto to win the WS. Can’t stand the Cardinals, the Pirates and their fans (and manager and broadcasters) are totally obnoxious, never like the Dodgers or Mets, please not the Giants again …
      Seems like whoever wins the NL, I’m rooting against them, but if they play the Yankees or Red Sox …. ugh.

  22. RedAlert

    Well done Todd – really showed me some intestinal fortitude !!! – deserved to win it !!! Silver lining on a disappointing season > Frazier

  23. I-71_Exile

    Frazier is the MAN! He wasn’t afraid to come out and say that he belonged on the AST and that winning the Home Run Derby would mean a lot to him. Way to go, Todd!

  24. whereruklu

    sniff….Big Klu would be proud…..Congrats Todd!

  25. Adam S.

    I don’t care the offer, Reds better not ever trade Frazier!

    • RedAlert

      I don’t think he’s going anywhere either anytime soon

  26. redmountain

    Could only listen on radio and it was pretty cool. The two guys calling the Derby were impressed, impressive, and enthusiastic.

    • pinson343

      I listened to the first part of it on mlbnetwrok radio and that was much better than listening to Chris Berman.

  27. wildwestlv

    Anyone catch the second player to hug Frazier, after Chapman? Carlos Martinez. Pretty cool show of support.

  28. Steve Mancuso

    That was really exciting. Pure spectacle. The Reds really put on a great event and the city and organization should be proud of what went on there tonight. The atmosphere outside the stadium was the best I’ve seen it (zip lines included) before hand. There’s still tomorrow to go, but I can’t imagine a city/organization putting on a better time for fans. While most people there were Reds fans, it was cool to see fans of all teams around the park.

    Obviously Frazier’s dramatic success contributed to the electricity of the evening. I did enjoy watching the other players hit, though. I sat in Section 130, surrounded by the Todd Frazier and Aroldis Chapman ticket blocks. I may have been sitting for part of the evening directly behind Buster Posey’s wife. Not sure.

    I wondered what Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt, Mike Trout, etc. thought about being there (all the All Stars stayed through the entire event) but not participating. Would it cross their minds they were letting others like Pederson and Bryant become more well known? Maybe they don’t care. If I were them, I’d have wanted to be competing.

    After the Derby concluded (I didn’t stay for the post-competition festivities) I walked out of GABP on the 1B side by the Holy Grail like I do every night. Only this night, there were hundreds, maybe thousands of people outside on the street, who weren’t inside for the event but they were cheering like crazy as people were leaving. Never seen that before.

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen a crowd like that at GABP. Homer’s no-hitter was more exciting, but it wasn’t a sell-out that night. I’d say it was like the 2012 NLDS except it’s too soon to talk about the 2012 NLDS.

    Again, great credit to the Reds as hosts and Todd Frazier for giving us something to cheer for.

  29. Playtowin

    Frazier was excellent. The new HR Derby format works. Keep it at 4 minutes. The fans were fabulous. All the competitors were into it. It will be called the best HR Derby ever. It was great Pujols was in iit, Todd beat an impressive group.

    • pinson343

      Todd could not have beaten a more impressive group – 3 of the very best.

      Pederson has so much raw power that he made me nervous as the finalist facing Todd. All he had to do was hit a normal line drive and it was in the right center field seats.

      • Steve Mancuso

        Agreed, Pederson was impressive. Easy power. That’s the first time I’ve seen him in person. He was the only player to hit home runs to center and opposite fields, too.

  30. pinson343

    Thanks for the on the spot report, Steve. I took in Todd’s wins over Fielder and Donaldson on mlbnetwork radio, and the win over Pederson on tv.
    All 3 of his wins were cliffhangers.
    It was thrilling to hear the roars of the Reds crowd and watch Todd’s response.

    A reminder of what baseball can be like in Cincinnati.

  31. pinson343

    The only negative on the evening for me was Chris Berman – would he please retire. His “Back, back, back” is bad enough to listen to once or twice, but at a HR Derby ? And he started up his HR call on 2-3 of Todd’d drives that weren’t out. Of course, SuperTodd was not to be denied.

    • Steve Mancuso

      One great part about seeing the event in person was not having to tolerate Berman’s tired, worn-out, never-good schtick. Does Berman have any fans? Seems like just detractors. Yet ESPN trots him out there year after year. Mercifully, they lost the contract on the US Open Golf tournament so we were spared Berman’s butchering of that event, too.

  32. pinson343

    Steve: “I’d say it was like the 2012 NLDS except it’s too soon to talk about the 2012 NLDS.” One of the wisest statements I’ve ever read on RLN. Yes it’s too soon, way too soon.

  33. User1022

    From ESPN:
    (Yes, there were complaints on Twitter that the Frazier clan wasn’t waiting for the ball to land before delivering the next pitch. By rule, “A pitcher cannot throw a pitch until a batted ball has hit the ground, was caught or left the field of play in foul territory. I could make a joke about Cincinnati and breaking rules, but that would be a cheap shot.)

    I wonder if this game had been in St. Louis and the batter in question was a Cardinal if the writer would have said “Those people on Twitter are just expressing sour grapes, there is no way an honorable, upstanding, legendary franchise like St. Louis would ever break the rules for anything, ever.”

    • doctor

      agree – i read that story and seemed like a jerk move by him or his lackey writer minion to have it in there.

    • Steve Mancuso

      I hadn’t seen this criticism, but I can tell you it isn’t accurate. I don’t know if they showed this on the TV broadcast, but there was an umpire standing just to the side of home plate who watched the balls until they hit and clearly signaled to the pitcher when he could throw the next one. No way for anyone to ignore it. It wasn’t up to the “Frazier clan” to decide how long to wait.

      • VaRedsFan

        They did show the ump. It was either the 1st round or 2nd round, The tying HR that Todd hit, the ump clearly had his hand up holding the pitcher, but they let it slide.

      • MattW

        Frazier hit a lot of line drives which would be on the ground a lot quicker than high fly balls the other guys were hitting. A lot of his homers were that way too.

  34. mikemartz

    SUPER TODD!
    Shining bright just when we needed it the most!
    Feeling a lot better about this season!

  35. doctor

    Great move by MLB to the new format, definite improvement and made it the best ever HR Derby with “Downtown” Frazier winning it in thrilling fashion. The highlight of the Reds season.

    PS – maybe the HR derby will cause some soon-to-be free agent sluggers from other teams think about playing in Cincy full time. LOL – can always hope.

  36. msanmoore

    Was teaching and didn’t get to see the first round. Loved the new format – I hope they don’t try to tweak it too much.

    Great that our ToddFather won … but my hat is tipped to Joc Pederson. And the “heart string” pull interviewing his brother was good. What a show by both Joc and Todd in that final. Both got into grooves and just launched stuff.