A Home Run Derby On an Aircraft Carrier? A Home Run Derby On an Aircraft Carrier.

The Lake Elsinore Storm today announced that the home run derby for the California/Carolina League All-Star Game in June would be part of the Midway Classic.

What is a “Midway Classic,” you ask? Think of it like the Monday before the MLB All-Star Game, with – like the MLB version – a home run derby, but on THE FLIGHT DECK OF A FREAKIN’ AIRCRAFT CARRIER!

This is all happening June 20th, the day before the California/Carolina League All-Star Game at the Diamond in Lake Elsinore.

Home plate for the competing hitters will be located approximately 250 feet from the bow of the USS Midway, and the hitters are expected to hit an estimated total of 150 balls into San Diego Bay.

I mean, I can’t think of anything better than this. Home runs are literally going to take flight.

MLB can have players try to hit ball on top of the Western Metal building all damn day for all I care.

Midway Classic Home Run Derby Rules

Eight players total, four from each league, will be selected to participate in the Midway Classic Home Run Derby. The All-Stars will compete in single-elimination, head-to-head matchups, continuing through three rounds, in which the player(s) with the most home runs/points advances to the next round. Each player will get 15 swings during their round. Should a tie exist at the end of a round, players will receive five more swings (if tie continues, three swings and then sudden death with one swing).


#1            Carolina vs. Carolina

#2           Carolina vs. Carolina

#3           California vs. California

#4           California vs. California


#5           Winner of #1 Carolina vs. Winner of #2 Carolina

#6           Winner of #3 California vs. Winner of #4 California


#7           Winner of Carolina bracket vs. Winner of California bracket

Rules courtesy of Lake Elsinore Storm

VIP tickets for the event – which include a pre-Classic reception – are available HERE. General admission details will be announced at a later date.


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