MWL All-Star Game Decided By Home Run Derby
The 2019 Midwest League All-Star Game took place Tuesday, June 18 in South Bend, Indiana. The South Bend Cubs hosted the event for the first time in 30 years and the event featured some of the most promising players in professional baseball today.
Not only did the Midwest League All-Star Game make history for where the event was held, it made history for how the event ended.
In 1991, the Midwest League All-Star game ended up in a tie after 10 innings and a unique way to decide the winner was adopted- a home run derby.
In the event that there was a tie baseball game and all of the available pitchers have appeared in the game, a representative from each team would be to participate in a rapid-fire home run derby. This is the exact situation we had in South Bend on Tuesday night.
With a coach delivering pitches from behind a screen, each batter had 90 seconds to launch as many balls out of the park as possible.
The West team chose Kane County’s Blaze Alexander to step to the plate and he managed one homer. The East ended up winning the tiebreaker when Chris Betts of Bowling Green hit two homers in his final 30 seconds to give the East the all-star win.
The Quad City River Bandits next home game will be on June 27th versus the Burlington Bees.