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2015 MWBL CHRISTMAS CLASSIC HOME RUN DERBY

Mesa, Arizona – For the second year now the Mid-West Baseball League Christmas Classic history took place in Mesa, Arizona.   Hohokam Park was renovated in 2014 to a state of the art facility in the heart of Mesa. The Christmas Classic tradition continues in 2015, as Hohokam Park opened its gates to a record-breaking crowd of just over 10,000 fans.   Many of the fans came out to see Mid-West Baseball League stars, such as the likes of Andrew McCutchen of the Chicago Mobsters, David Ortiz of the New York Outlaws & two-time winner of the Christmas Classic, Miguel Cabrera of the Hollywood Werewolves.

Adrian_Gonzalez_Christmas_Classic_15The weather was a perfect 63 degrees and the winds were warm, but not more than 8 miles an hour.   Humidity was at 66%, which ironically is the magic number for Home Runs in APBA.  Twelve Mid-West Baseball League players, Six (6) from the American League & Six (6) from the National League were participants in the twelfth (12) Annual Christmas Classic Home Run Derby.  Here is how the Classic played out.

Adrian_Gonzalez_Christmas_Classic-Award_15The top four Home Run hitters during the 2015 Mid-West Baseball League Season were the four who moved on from Round One to the Semi Finals.   Chris Carter (5), Andrew McCutchen (6), Nelson Cruz (5) & Adrian Gonzalez (5).  One of the highlights of Round One wa the 551 foot Home Run off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton.  But the old Veteran & many time competitor of the Christmas Classic David Ortiz deposited one one foot farther than Stanton.  Ortiz then stopped the show, looked over at Giancarlo & broke out in the big smile of “Big Papi” & shook his index finger back & forth sating too Stanton “Not yet my young one, I am still “Big Papi!”…   Stanton laughed, clapped then stood & bowed to Ortiz, showing much respect & love.

Round Two though Adrian Gonzalez & Chris Carter took over as both of them knocked four over the wall, which was three more than both McCutchen & Nelson Cruz who both finished the Semi’s with one each.

The Finals didn’t provide any dramatic ending & wasn’t exactly even close as Adrian Gonzalez hit Six to Chris Carter’s Two.   Gonzalez did knock one 547 feet & then looked over at both Ortiz & Stanton who were both waving there fingers at Gonzalez as to say “Not even Close”.

All in all it was a great day for the Mid-West Baseball League & the Christmas Classic which is now in it’s 13 year.

PLAYER TEAM Season Round I Semi’s Finals Total Average* Long
Chris Carter Valdosta 42 5 4 2 11 393 495
Andrew McCutchen Chicago 40 6 1   7 375 446
Nelson Cruz Clovis 39 5 1   6 382 416
Adrian Gonzalez Bethesda 38 5 4 6 15 407 547
Lucas Duda Jersey 37 3     3 380 437
Giancarlo Stanton Virginia 36 4     4 399 551
Victor Martinez Long Beach 35 3     3 384 426
David Ortiz New York 34 4     4 420 552
Miguel Cabrera Hollywood 33 3     3 408 476
Edwin Encarnacion Tijuana 33 1     1 429 429
Justin Upton Tijuana 33 3     3 414 465
Oswaldo Arcia Southwest Detroit 31 3     3 417 484
      45 10 8 63 499 499

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