HR Derby August In-Review: Women Prove They Know Long Balls

I’m finding that one of my favorite things about hosting this competition is learning how many baseball fans there are walking amongst my everyday life.

Many of you may not know this, but I would say I ‘know’ just over 50% of the teams in this season’s competition. By ‘know’ I mean, I have face to go with a name and have more than one random conversation with that person a year. You guys are awesome at spreading this ridiculous amazingly simple but stressful game by word of mouth. For most of the entries, I do have a face with the name. And hopefully at some point, I will have the opportunity to lower the ‘Seven Degrees of The Commish‘ to the One Degree. For example, I got introduced to The Geez at a casino that was 90 miles away from both of our residences while I was on another entrant’s bachelor party. Random!

I also enjoy seeing the diversity in the competitors trying to flex their ‘knowledge muscles’ on the power hitters of the MLB including the ladies trying to prove that Chicks really do dig the long ball. In fact, they dominated the month of August and are lighting up the Second Half leader board.

With five months in the books (and less than 30 days to go), the month of August had 899 home runs (no other month this year has topped 800), so its no surprise that twenty derby teams had 30+ homers in the month. Of those twenty, four of our eight female competitors get that nod AND three of those four hit either the most (36) or second most (35) in the month. The twenty teams hitting more than 30 in August have given themselves a great shot at winning the Second Half.

The Overall Standings are still up in the air. The Geez has a strong hold on first place, and pending an epic Pittsburgh Pirate collapse, he should finish in the top 5. There are more than a dozen teams still within striking distance (10 home runs) of second place and any team can have just one ‘off’ month (just ask F! The Cubs or Pick Me Out A Winner Bobby). And if you don’t believe in a September collapses, ask last year’s mid-August leader, The Inglorious Batters, and how his team finished (spoiler alert: it wasn’t in the top-3). Yours truly is riding high as The Commish is currently in second place and totally redeeming my pathetic 2010 season. My derby team name seems to have also sparked the real Cream City Murders’ Row (Hart, Braun, Fielder) as the Brewers are 11 wins from clinching their first division title since 1982 thanks to those three’s corked bats. Currently in Third place is What’s 5 Bucks. His team name was inspired by the 2010 derby champ, who was applying some peer pressure for more contestants to enter, using the line “what’s 5 bucks?” And in his second season, What’s 5 Bucks wins the ‘most improved team award’ by jumping from 5th from the bottom to currently in the top-3 (I apologize if I just jinxed your team).

There is still plenty to come this baseball season (Strasmania is just around the corner). So, enjoy the fireworks over the last month of the season. And remember to tip your bartenders this Sunday as football kicks-off.

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