Buck Showalter thinks the Home Run Derby is 'unwatchable'

July 15, 2011|By Matt Vensel

I'm not sure what Buck Showalter did during his three-day vacation over the All-Star break. But I know one thing the Orioles manager didn't do: watch Robinson Cano win the MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night.

“It’s hard to watch the home run hitting contest,” Showalter said before Thursday’s loss to the Indians. “Obviously, the balls are juiced. Those aren’t normal balls that they’re hitting. I’ve been in Arizona for a long time and you don’t hit balls where they’re hitting them. Trust me. And that’s not a well-kept secret that those aren’t the normal baseballs. But they can’t do anything to baseballs to make them go further, right?”

Showalter asked that question sarcastically, of course.

He continued on as he is wont to do at these press conferences.

“I was looking at some of those places they were hitting those balls and I was going, ‘No, I don’t think so.’ But it was entertaining I hear. Did anybody watch it from start to finish?” he asked, hardly giving reporters a chance to answer. “I didn’t think so. It’s unwatchable.”

I wonder what he thinks about “Franklin & Bash.”

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