I have been hearing a lot of commentary lately on how boring the MLB HR derby is. "What are some ideas to bring it back?"
"Active vs Retired" - "Aluminum Bats"
I think it is boring because the batter watches 6 or 7 pitches before he swings. They wait for their selected pitcher to pitch a gem before they swing. Why not take the pitcher out of the equation. Let's add a pitching machine. Everyone can adjust their own settings before they begin.
Then, the batters will still wait for 6 or 7 pitches before they are ready to swing. Now what?
How about something baseball has never had? How about a play clock?
Instead of outs, you have 3 minutes to hit as many homeruns as possible. That would really speed things up and make it interesting. A good watch, or listen.
Hey, to heck with the pitching machine, how about off of a tee?