There are a lot of tiebreaker rules for the Home Run Derby, including seeding.
As the Home Run Derby has become more popular since it was created as part of the All-Star festivities in 1985, it has become a very competitive event that means a lot for players. The winner of the event wins $1 million and the remaining seven participants split $1.5 million.
With it, there are tiebreakers to help determine winners and, if needed, even tiebreakers to determine who faces who in the rounds.
Home Run Derby tiebreakers
For the seeding of the 2022 Home Run Derby participants, none of the participants had the same number of home runs before being selected but had there been, the 2021 home run totals for the players would have been the tie breaker.
Here is what the field looks like (with the number of home runs hit in parentheses)
- No. 1 Kyle Schwarber (28) vs. No. 8 Albert Pujols (6)
- No. 2 Pete Alonso (23) vs. No. 7 Ronald Acuña Jr. (8)
- No. 3 Corey Seager (21) vs. No. 6 Julio Rodríguez (15)
- No. 4 Juan Soto (19) vs. No. 5 José Ramírez (17)
During the Derby, there are some other tiebreaking scenarios, though.
Ties in each round are broken by a 60-second tiebreaker with no bonus time or timeouts. If a tie remains, the contestants will engage in successive three-swing swing-offs until there is a winner.
In 2019, Toronto Blue Jays infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson had the longest tiebreaker in Home Run Derby history. In the second round of the Derby, Guerrero and Pederson were tied at the end of the round with 29 home runs.
They had a tiebreaker but they were tied again at 37 home runs after it. They had one swing-off where they each hit one home run but in the second swing-off, Guerrero won by hitting two homers compared to Pederson. Guerrero set the all-time second-round record with 40 home runs.