The Lake Elsinore Storm (High A; California League) are putting a twist on the traditional home run derby, thanks to a partnership with the USS Midway Museum and Port of San Diego. This year’s home run derby at the California League/Carolina League All-Star Game will be known as the Midway Classic, and it will be held on the deck of the USS Midway.
The Midway Classic is set for Monday, June 20, highlighting the first day of All-Star break events. The Storm will host the All-Star Game the following night at The Diamond. This recalls a similar promotion that took place in 2012, when the Charleston RiverDogs (Low A; Sally League) hosted the South Atlantic League home run derby on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown.
Home plate for the competing hitters will be located approximately 250 feet from the bow of the ship, and the hitters are expected to hit an estimated total of 150 balls into San Diego Bay.
The balls landing in the bay will be retrieved by volunteers on jet skis, standup paddleboards and kayaks who are stationed in the landing zone. The volunteers include teens who are benefactors of Outdoor Outreach, a local non-profit that provides water-based recreation opportunities to youth in underserved neighborhoods in the San Diego and South Bay areas.
Port staff assisted with all of the permitting and arrangements with the affected local agencies and tenant businesses for the in-water portion of this event, and San Diego Harbor Police will be on station in the water as well.
VIP tickets for the event – which include a pre-Classic reception – are available HERE. General admission details will be announced at a later date.
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