The All-Time, Dead Or Alive Home Run Derby Contest

Cal Ripken

I can remember playing World Series Baseball on the Sega Genesis (all real video game heads are nodding in approval over this game) and playing in the Home Run Derby with everyone on the damn game. For whatever reason though, whenever the computer played with Ripken, he’d always hit like 28 home runs in the contest. Ole cheatin’ ass computer.

Ripken seemed like he was cheating in 1991, in the All-Star Game in Toronto. Dude hit 11 home runs at a time when players were mustering up only 4 and 5 for the event. Plus, Toronto wasn’t exactly a hitters’ park. Ripken makes it on this list because he was the pioneer for athletic  shortstops, and he was one of the first computer athletes that I swore was always cheating. – Syreeta H.

12 Replies to “The All-Time, Dead Or Alive Home Run Derby Contest”

  1. OK, I’m gonna be the first one to point out that is an absolute crime that no one took Babe Ruth, myself included. I went with Stargell because I thought it would be a different choice, and I was certain someone was going to include Ruth.

    Let’s face it, the Babe has to be on this list. He just has to. The man was hitting more home runs than entire franchises in the dead ball era. Maybe he didn’t play against the best of the best before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, but still. The guy would probably be the favorite to win it.

    Good list otherwise, but man, that is an egregious omission.

    1. How is that even possible… the whole time through I was like oh they must be saving the babe for last. But nope…yall cray

  2. OK, I’m thinking a few others were going against the grain with their picks as opposed to actual HR hitters. Maybe Babe was too obvious. Ted Williams I thought was a stretch (this isn’t hit 0.400 derby). But Cal Ripken….cmon man. You mentally scrolled the annals of baseball slugging lore and not only did Cal Ripken’s name pop up, you actually chose it? My screen was minimized so I only saw him & ARod at first so i thought “yea A-Rod could do some damage….wait a minute.” [if it was added just to be different or for the Sega anecdote, I’m good with that]

    Other ommissions: Jose Canseco, Frank Robinson, Sammy Sosa. If I had to pick one I’d go Barry Bonds but after strong consideration for Josh Hamilton

    1. I’m with you 100 percent on Cal. Don’t think he’d be a guy I’d wanna see in the Derby. But Ted Williams? Dude hit well over 500 home runs & missed 3 seasons in his prime. Yeah, he was a home run hitter on top of being a great batting average hitter.

      1. Okay, the reason why Cal makes this list is because of his actual performance in the Home Run Derby. Yes, the man did hit 431 HRs and yes the man is a folk hero type legend for his Ironman streak, but when he was actually in the HR Derby, dude was a hoss at a time when others weren’t doing it like him. That’s why he’s on this list.

        Besides, you all should be happy I didn’t stroke my own ego and put Gary Sheffield or David Justice on here. LOL


    2. Ted Williams gets credit as an overall hitter, so the more impressive part of his resume (hitting .400) gets more run. But as it’s broken down in the article, he’s easily one of the most prolific power hitters of all time. He hit 521 despite missing his seasons at ages 24-26.

  3. Rev, you know, I agree completely. Babe is the most momentous (by comparison) home run hitter of all-time. He’s the rare pioneer who’s output is still completely relevant nearly 100 years after the impact was made.

    I didn’t select Babe because there were other guys I wanted to fill in the space between with that may not get mentioned otherwise or hit in a style that would make the Derby interesting. Babe seemed obvious, but he’s clearly the best to not be singled out and could win such a tournament easily.

  4. I stand completely corrected as it pertains to Teddy Ballgame. Please strike my comments from the record. I consider myself a baseball guy and to have undervalued the guy’s power the way I did is embarrassing

    Howeva (Stephen A voice) I’m not letting ETSF get away with Cal Ripken, the 1 performance and his 431 HR notwithstanding. He clearly had power but if I’m looking for a guy to hit one over the wall, I’d legitimately take you up on David Justice/ Gary Sheffield

  5. In my Ken Griffey post, I failed to mention that he’s won the doggone Derby three times. He’s the only player to do that.


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