What is Home Run Derby X?
Home Run Derby X is an electrifying new baseball format that takes MLB on a global tour. Home Runs and epic catches steal the show, while live music and ballpark culture push it to the next level.
How is Home Run Derby X different from regular baseball?
In Home Run Derby X, the field of play is smaller, with teams going head-to-head and points up for grabs on both offense and defense. Each batter has one at-bat of 25 pitches. They’ll be swinging for the fences, while two of their opponents patrol the outfield. A Home Run scores one point for the offense and a catch is one point for the defense.
In Home Run Derby X there are additional ways to score - Target Hits in the infield, and beyond the fence, can earn extra points for the batters. Each batter also has a Hot Streak – five consecutive pitches where Home Runs and Target Hits count double but a catch in the Hot Streak is also double points for the defense.
How is it different to All Star Home Run Derby?
Home Run Derby X is a team game, rather than an individual competition. There are 5 players per team, made up of four batters and one pitcher. Home Run Derby X is about offense and defense. Batters can score points via Home Runs and Target Hits but Fielders can also score points for their team if they catch a ball in the catch zone. The Hot Streak will allow for double points for both the offense and defense.
Will Home Run Derby X be on every year?
Major League Baseball is committed to the long-term development of Home Run Derby X. This is a multi-year initiative with plans for future expansion.
Which Clubs will be involved?
Home Run Derby X will have 4 teams who each represent 4 iconic Major League Baseball Clubs; Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers & New York Yankees.
How many people are on a team?
At each event, a team will have 5 players; MLB Legend, Superstar, Rookie, Wild Card and Pitcher.
Who will be playing?
Teams will consist of MLB Legends, Superstars, Rookies, Wild Cards and Pitchers.
- MLB Legends are former MLB players, and will be the star hitters on the team.
- Superstars are the best talent from women’s baseball and softball.
- Rookies are the most exciting local talent drawn from the men’s baseball development system.
- Wild Cards are high-profile content creators trained up by MLB and can be male or female.
Pitchers will put the ball in the right spot every time and will be on the same team as their Batters. Full details of the teams will be revealed before each event.
Will the same players be part of every Home Run Derby X event?
The teams will remain fixed unless scheduling, injury or illness dictate otherwise.
What experience do the Rookies have?
Rookies are male players drawn from the baseball development system. Home Run Derby X gives MLB the opportunity to highlight talent in international markets, providing a platform for local talent to showcase their skills.
What training will the Wild Cards do ahead of Home Run Derby X?
MLB have developed an intensive, elite training program to take each Wild Card from baseball novice to big hitter. Each Wild Card has been assigned a personal baseball coach who will work with them throughout the Home Run Derby X tour. They are receiving mentoring from the Legends and will also attend a Home Run Derby X training camp.
Who are the Legends participating in Home Run Derby X 2022?
Jonny Gomes will be representing the Boston Red Sox.
Geovany Soto will be representing the Chicago Cubs.
Adrián González will be representing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Nick Swisher will be representing the New York Yankees.
Who are the Superstars participating in Home Run Derby X 2022?
Paige Halstead (Team USA Softball) will be representing the Boston Red Sox.
Alex Hugo (Team USA Baseball and Softball) will be representing the Chicago Cubs.
Ashton Lansdell (Team USA Baseball) will be representing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Erika Piancastelli (Team Italy Softball) and Stefania Aradillas (Team Mexico Softball) will be representing the New York Yankees.
Who are the Wild Cards participating in Home Run Derby X 2022?
Liv Cooke (British freestyle footballer) will be representing the Boston Red Sox.
Spencer Owen (British football broadcaster and content creator) will be representing the Chicago Cubs.
Yoongy Kwak (Korean Short Track Speed Skater) will be representing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Daniel Corral (Mexican Gymnast) will be representing the New York Yankees.
How do you score a Home Run?
A Home Run is when a fair ball travels beyond the Outfield Fence without bouncing. It scores 1 point for the batting team.
Can you score points in any other way?
Yes, players can also score points from Target Hits or Catches. There are 4 Targets in the field of play; 2 infield and 2 beyond the outfield fence. When hit by the Batting team, they earn 1 point. In the case of the outfield fence targets, this would result in 2 points; 1 point for a target and 1 point for a Home Run. When a fielder catches a fly ball in the Catch Zone, they score 1 Point for their team.
What is a Hot Streak?
Any time during their at-bat, the hitter may call for their Hot Streak: five consecutive pitches where the outcome of the play scores double points. This can also mean double points for the defense if they make a successful catch within the catch zone.
What is a Target Hit?
A Target Hit is when a batter hits a Target without the ball bouncing. A successful Target Hit scores 1 point for the batter’s team.
Is Home Run Derby X played on a regular baseball field?
The Field of Play is a reduced version of a baseball field, with Home Plate mounted on a stage and the Pitcher’s Mound on a podium.
How is a game decided?
After all four batters have completed their at-bats for both teams, the winner is the team with the most points.
What happens if there is a tied game?
Each team selects one batter to participate in a 10 pitch swing-off to determine the winner. In the Tiebreaker, only Home Runs can score points - no points are on offer for outfield catches or target hits.
How many Home Run Derby X games are there at each event?
The four teams will compete in a total of four Home Run Derby X games at each event.
Two Preliminary Round games will decide the teams that compete in the Final and 3rd Place Play Off. Each event will have a winning team, with the Home Run Derby X Tour Champions crowned at the end of the tour.
Where will Home Run Derby X take place?
In 2022, Home Run Derby X will take place in London, Seoul and Mexico City.
In London, Home Run Derby X will take place at Crystal Palace Park on July 9. Venues for Seoul and Mexico City will be announced in due course
Is there a final? Or an ultimate winner? Yes - based on where they rank at each event, teams will be awarded points which will determine their position on the Home Run Derby X Tour leaderboard. The leaderboard will determine seedings for the final event of the Tour which will be played as a knock-out competition to determine the Home Run Derby X Tour Champion.
What else will be at the events?
Home Run Derby X is a full-day festival experience. The Home Run Derby X competition is at the heart and it will be surrounded by other activities. There will be digital and physical baseball activations, ballpark-inspired food and drink, live music and DJs. Full details will be announced closer to each event.
Will there be food?
Yes, at each event you will find ballpark-inspired food and drink.
Will there be music?
Yes, at each Home Run Derby X event there will be DJs and headline music artists. More details will be announced soon.
What measures will be in place at events regarding COVID-19?
MLB will continue to monitor the COVID situation in all Home Run Derby X host cities and will be guided by local health authority rulings and MLB policy.
Where can I buy tickets?
Information about buying tickets for each Home Run Derby X event will be released in due course. Please register at mlb.com/HomeRunDerbyX to be kept up-to-date and to hear the latest information.
How much is a ticket?
Information about buying tickets will be released in due course. Please register at mlb.com/HomeRunDerbyX to be kept up-to-date and to hear the latest on tickets going on sale for each event.
Can I buy a full ‘tour’ ticket?
I.e. for all events?This is the first year of Home Run Derby X and if you would like to attend all events, you would need to purchase each ticket independently.
If I can’t attend, is there another way to watch Home Run Derby X online or on TV?
Yes, Home Run Derby X events will be livestreamed and highlights will also be available to watch. More details will be announced soon.
How much do tickets cost?
Adult tickets cost £30 + £3 booking fee
Under 13 years (12 and below) cost £15.00 + £1.50 booking fee
Silver VIP packages cost £75 + £7.50 booking fee
Gold VIP packages cost £125 + £12.50 booking fee
For more information on each ticket type, please visit our tickets page.
Will there be any discounts or early bird offers?
There are no early bird offers or discounts for this event.
What does a ticket include?
A full day festival experience:
- Watch four Home Run Derby X games across the day
- Enjoy live headline music on the main stage
- Feast on ballpark food and drink
- Take a swing in the batting cages
Can I buy group tickets?_ Please contact [email protected] for queries regarding group tickets, quoting ‘HRDX Crystal Palace’ in the subject line._
What conditions apply to the Gold VIP Package?
To participate in the MLB Legend Meet & Greet, all Gold VIP ticket holders will be required to provide proof of completion of a full COVID-19 vaccination course using the NHS COVID pass on the NHS App or an internationally recognised equivalent to the NHS COVID Pass.
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What time do gates open?
Gates will open at 12pm. Last Entry for this event is 5.30pm.
Who will the music acts be?
There will be music acts at each Home Run Derby X event. More details will be announced soon.
Who will provide the food?
Details of food providers in each city will be announced closer to the events.
What time of day is Home Run Derby X on?
Doors Open: 12pm
Last Entry: 5.30pm
Event ends: 9pm
What is the schedule for the day?
Full details of the running order for the event will be available closer to the event.
*Will re-entry be permitted into the venue if someone leaves? *
Re-entry is not usually permitted.
During the Event it will be at the discretion and/or that of the venue management.
How do I get there?
Please use public transport where possible.
Crystal Palace Station, Penge West, Penge East, Sydenham, Gipsy Hill and Anerley stations are all within 20 minutes with routes into London.
Keep up to date with the latest travel alerts by following:
Is there parking available onsite?
There is no public car parking at Home Run Derby X London, Crystal Palace. There will be road closures in place around the event so please use public transport where possible.
There are also no drop-off points and no pay and display bays available in this area.
Are there any age restrictions?
All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult ticket holder aged 18 or over who must remain on-site throughout the Event as the under 16-year-old guardian. No unaccompanied under 16s are allowed on site.
We do not accept any parental or supervisory duty of care or liability for any under 18s on site.
Are there any prohibited items?
- Aerosols over 250ml
- Air horns
- Animals (except assistance dogs)
- Audiovisual recording or transmitting equipment (Professional)
- BBQs or any cooking apparatus
- Bicycles, scooters, roller skates
- Chairs, stools, floor seating, shooting sticks
- Chinese lanterns
- Cooking apparatus
- Cool bags / boxes (large)
- Cigarettes (more than for personal use)
- Drinks (empty plastic bottles of any size are permitted)
- Fireworks / pyrotechnics
- Flags with poles
- Flares / distress flares / smoke flares
- Food (small amounts for personal consumption permitted)
- Gazebos and parasols
- Gas cylinders/canisters
- Glass (including glass makeup and perfume bottles)
- Liquids, gels or lotions (over 100ml)
- Illegal substances (drugs)
- Laser pens
- Legal highs (includes Nitrus Oxide and associated equipment including balloons)
- Nitrous oxide / herbal highs
- Metal drinking bottles
- Perfume and make up (over 100ml)
- Smoke bombs / canisters
- Sound systems (including personal speakers)
- Spray cans
- Tabards/High Vis Jackets
- Umbrellas (large, small/folding umbrellas permitted)
Are there any bag restrictions?
Large bags are not permitted into the festival. There is no cloakroom or storage facilities for large bags.
Small bags are allowed into the festival with the dimensions W21cm x H30cm x D8cm (A4 Size).
Bags will be searched on entry to the event, to avoid lengthy queues we strongly advise that you do not bring a bag. We appreciate your cooperation and patience when entering the festival.
Bags must not be left at entrances or surrounding areas. Any items left will be removed and disposed of accordingly.
You will also be searched at the entrance to the event which may include a full-body pat-down and/or use of hand-held metal detectors. Any item(s), which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon, or which may cause danger or disruption to any other persons at the event, will be confiscated.
Please allow plenty of time to get into the event, for event entry procedures, ticket checks and searches.
Persons suspected of carrying items that may be used in an offensive or dangerous manner, or carrying out illegal activities within the arena or other parts of the site may be searched at any time.
Can I bring food and drink to the venue?
Small amounts of Food for personal consumption are permitted.
You are not permitted to bring soft drinks or water into the festival. You are permitted to bring empty plastic bottles of any size to use at the refill points inside the festival. Metal bottles are not permitted.
My question isn’t listed here, who can I contact?For any further queries please contact [email protected] quoting ‘HRDX Crystal Palace’ in the subject line.
ACCESS REQUIREMENTS APPLICATION FORM 2022
Access Applications for Home Run Derby X are now live. Please click on the button below to apply. To ensure we can plan for the correct level of facilities, we will be closing applications on Friday 24th June. After this date, we will not be accepting any more applications. To apply you will first need a ticket to Home Run Derby X plus supporting documentation. Please read below what documentation we require.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS WHEN APPLYING
Unless you are on the Access database it is mandatory to provide one of the following forms of supporting documentation with your completed access requirements form as evidence of your requirements/ disability and to grant a PA ticket. Please ensure you have one of the following:
- DLA/PIP or equivalent
- Medical professionals letter
- D/deaf or blind registration
- Nimbus Access Card
If you do not have the above evidence but feel you need assistance to access the festival, please contact us. Anyone turning up on the day without making prior arrangements may not be able to access our facilities. However, we will always try to accommodate any late requests.
COMPANION / PERSONAL ASSISTANT (PA) TICKETS
If a customer is unable to attend the festival without support from a PA, then we will provide an additional PA ticket at no extra cost.
This ticket can only be approved by the Access Team.
Please do not buy a ticket for your PA as this will not be refunded if they are approved.
Please apply for your PA ticket using our access requirements application form.
The PA ticket is provided with the expectation that your PA is willing and able to assist you throughout your visit and would be available and able to help you in the event of an evacuation.
CONTACT INFO (ACCESS)
If you require further assistance or information that cannot be found on the website, please contact a member of the access team:
Post: Access Team Festival Republic, 30 St John Street, London, EC1M 4AY
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0207 009 3490 – This phone line can only deal with Disabled Access Customer enquiries.
Our phone lines are open from Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm. (If lines are busy please leave a message and we will get back to you.)
TRAVEL INFORMATION AND BLUE BADGE PARKING
The event will take place at Crystal Palace and can be accessed by public transport, for more information please see our ‘How do I get there?’ FAQ.
There is no Blue Badge Parking inside the event, there is limited Blue Badge Parking available in areas around Crystal Palace, please check the relevant council pages for more information.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE DISABLED ACCESS SCHEME
First, purchase a standard ticket for the days you wish to attend. Once you have purchased your ticket we ask you to complete and submit an Access Requirements application form which consists of questions regarding your requirements at the event. Along with this, we ask for supporting documentation for validation of your request.
Our Access Scheme allows you to apply for the following facilities:
- Wheelchair Accessible Viewing Platform
- PA (Personal Assistant) ticket at no extra charge
- Accessible toilet facilities
FACILITIES AT THE EVENT
To ensure that we have the correct level of accessible facilities we ask customers to apply for them in advance. We provide a number of facilities and services for our access customers, these include:
Our access customers will enter the Event via their own entrance here you will meet the Access team who will have a list of everything you booked before the event.
CHANGES PLACES UNIT (HDU)
Wheelchair accessible unit featuring toilet with grab rail, an electric hoist, adult-sized changing bed, running water, large bin and hook. Please bring your own slings.
Wheelchair Accessible toilets will be situated at the viewing platforms, all toilet locations will be noted in the Access Guide. Our toilets cannot but used by the public.
ACCESSIBLE VIEWING PLATFORMS
Our platforms have wheelchair-accessible ramps, toilets and wheelchair charging points.
Viewing platforms have a very limited capacity and are strictly for Access Customers plus 1 PA only.
To book your place on the viewing platform you need to complete the Access Requirements form.
HEARING (INDUCTION LOOPS)
If you need to bring medication with you, please bring a doctor’s note or a prescription for it if it’s not easily recognisable. Please contact the access team should you need more advice or guidance. Medication can be stored in our medical tent.
Smoke machines, strobe lights, fireworks, pyrotechnics and other effects may be in use at this event. Anyone affected by these should bear this in mind.
SECURITY AND SAFETY
Crowd Management Personnel are clearly identifiable by their numbered tabards/shirts. They are all issued with a staff handbook so should be able to answer most questions. They are briefed on all aspects of the event and are able to assist and give information.
In the instance of a site evacuation please ensure that your PA is aware that they are your main point of assistance in an emergency evacuation. Crowd management personnel located near the viewing platform will assist in moving everybody to a place of safety.
Please note that our access customer facilities cannot cater to people with temporary impairments such as broken bones, recent injuries and pregnant women. The facilities are for the specific use of access customers and we kindly ask that you please respect this.
Medical and welfare facilities are available to everyone.
There will be signed first aid points located across the festival site
DISABLED ACCESS INFORMATION
Major League Baseball, Live Nation and Festival Republic want Home Run Derby X to be an event that is accessible for all. At all of our festivals and events, we work closely with the charity Attitude is Everything, which works to improve Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.
It is important that we are able to identify those people who genuinely need the access and facilities we provide and we are always faced with people trying to exploit this.
So that we can confirm that you need disabled access, we need to know how your disability may affect you while you are at Home Run Derby X and how we can help you.
Please do not buy a ticket for your PA as this will NOT be refunded if you are approved a PA ticket through our application process.
Supporting documents that we accept are:
- DLA/PIP letter or equivalent – we do not accept Christmas bonus letters.
- Letter from medical professional confirming your requirements stated on your registration form.
- Blue Badge – this alone is not sufficient if applying for a PA ticket or Viewing Platform Access.
- The Access Card or similar – you can include your card information under the Additional Notes section in your form.
Before we can review your request for disabled access, we need a copy of both your completed registration form and supporting documentation. We are unable to process your application until we receive your documentation.
Please feel free to cross out any details, such as reference numbers and financial amounts that are not directly relevant to your application. We will keep these documents secure, and once we have reviewed your application in full, we will securely destroy them.
Once you have sent the form please be patient in waiting to hear from us. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of sending in your application, please email us at the below address.
Once completed you can return it to us using either of the following methods:
Post: Access Team Festival Republic, 30 St John Street, London, EC1M 4AY
Fax: 0207 379 6886 (for the attention of Access Team)
Email: [email protected]