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Kings of Cork 2011 Home Run Derby Groups Set

‘Tis the season for bearded men in red suits, making resolutions that last 10 days if you’re lucky, and pitchers with social anxiety disorder not being able to work out a trade for Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings???

Even with football in full swing, baseball can still land some big news to rival Favre’s 59th football career coming to an end. Greinke to the Brewers has this guy completely pumped and ever so tempted to purchase season tickets even though I live 250 miles away from Miller Park.

Greinke isn’t the only big news lately. Jenks to the Boston Red Sox put the Bo-Sox in the lead for the highest MLB team salary… yes, higher than the Yankees. Brandon Webb went to the Rangers to fill in for Cliff Lee. I doubt Webb will walk only 18 batters. Chien-Ming Wang and Rick Ankiel go to the Nationals. Ankiel to return to pitching. Wang to return to the DL after injuring his foot jogging to first on sacrifice bunt. Kerry Wood to return to the Cubs… seriously, the Cubs have 0 good news this off season.

AND, most importantly, the 2011 Kings of Cork Home Run Derby player group assignments have been declared. That’s right, it is time to start thinking about your 2011 Home Run Derby team. This season you will be allowed to pick 5 MLB players. One from each group with group E player either coming from group E or being a write-in player not included in any other group. Another rule change will be that one trade will be permitted for each team throughout the entire 2011 season for any player that is inactive from an MLB sanctioned game for 20 or more consecutive days. This includes inactivity due to the DL, injuries not warranting a DL stint, demotion to the minors, or being benched for just plain sucking.

The entry fee may be put at a higher stake of $10 (I’m still waiting to see if the cost of living increases enough to warrant a change from $5) and the entry form will be an electronic based form right here on this site which will be posted in the upcoming month. So review the rules and the players’ names, do some research, make a team, simulate via MLB 2K10, do whatever you need to do to try and dethrone last season’s victor and become the next King of Cork.

Please feel free to invite more friends. As long as I get the cash in my hand, the more players I welcome to the Home Run Derby challenge.

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2011 HomeRun Derby Deadline Set

It’s getting to be that time of year again… baseball season.

Yes it just ended a little more than a month ago, but the offseason is where all the exciting transactions take place. Adrian Gonzalez/Carl Crawford to the Red Sox, Mark Reynolds to the Orioles, Lance Berkman to the Cardinals, and that’s just the beginning of the offseason dealings (Cliff Lee still needs to land somewhere).

The offseason isn’t only for the managers of MLB teams to do their scouting and homework, its time for the Home Run Derby managers to research and draft their new teams for the 2011 season. Don’t worry, the registration deadline isn’t tomorrow (unless you are reading this on March 20th, 2011). If you noticed, there is a countdown clock on the far right side of the page which allows you to track the remaining time you have left to choose between Albert Pujols or Ryan Howard. The deadline for the 2011 season is at 12 am on March 21st.

Start researching and prospecting. The 2011 player categories will be posted prior to January 1st and this year the rules will be modified slightly. They haven’t been finalized but you will get to choose at minimum 5 players and will get the opportunity to trade one injured or benched player that has been inactive for 20 or more consecutive games (they don’t need to be on the DL).

Start buying those magazines or insider subscriptions and get ready for another exciting season of Home Run Derby.