Some of the great home run moments in MLB history have come in an exhibition event: the Home Run Derby.
The popularity of the long ball is not a new phenomenon. Former New York Yankees manager Miller Huggins knew a thing or two about baseball. He also understood the significance of home runs.
In fact, Huggins once said of one his more famous players, Babe Ruth (h/t thehitters.com), "They all flock to see him," because the American fan "likes the fellow who carries the wallop."
Some 90-plus years later, the average American fan still loves the guys who pack the most punch.
On Monday, July 15, ESPN will have live coverage of the Home Run Derby. Started as an afterthought back in 1985, the event has become nearly as popular as the MLB All-Star Game itself. In 2008, the Home Run Derby was the most-watched event on cable television.
This year's derby participants (Robinson Cano, Prince Fielder, Chris Davis, Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, Michael Cuddyer, Bryce Harper, Pedro Alvarez) will have a lot to live up to, as some of the greatest sluggers of the past 30 years have put on incredible displays of power in the showcase event.
Here are the 25 most memorable moments in Home Run Derby history.
Note: These selections are not presented in a ranked format.