MLB To Crown First Home Run Derby VR Champion

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Ever want to be named an MLB Home Run Derby champion like Ryan Howard, Sammy Sosa, Giancarlo Stanton or Aaron Judge? Now you can be.

Major League Baseball is naming their first ever virtual reality Home Run Debry Champion before the stars start to swing away in Washington DC. Fans attending the GEICO All-Star FanFest or PLAY BALL Park between July 13th through the 15th will be able to qualify for the Home Run Derby VR Championship.

The Championship will be held on Monday, July 16th.

The Championship tournament will begin at 2pm EST, and feature the top 32 hitters from the three-day qualifier in a bracketed competition. All three hours will be streamed live on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Mixer and include commentary from MLB Network’s Alexa Datt, RealShelfy, Fuzzy and nine-time MLB All-Star Fred Lynn.

Fans will have 90 seconds to smash as many balls over the wall as they can using an MLB proprietary VR baseball bat. This will use the Vive tracker and feel like a real baseball bat. It will be powered by HTC’s Vive Pro.

So what will the winner receive?

The first ever Home Run Derby VR Champion will receive a custom Tiffany & Co. Official Derby trophy, four tickets to the 2018 All-Star Game, a Louisville Slugger bat featuring custom Lizard Skins grip, a custom 2018 All-Star Game jersey, an official 2018 MLB All-Star Game on-field cap for any MLB team and a one-year subscription to MLB.TV.

Not too shabby.


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Greg Ezell
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Greg has been playing sports video games since Ice Hockey on the NES. Greg is currently working as a Program Director in the non-profit world, but his true passion is hockey. While Madden, various wrestling games and MLB The Show are some of his favorites, NHL remains the go-to sports series. Outside of sports games Greg enjoys J/RPGs, Monster Hunter and Stardew Valley.