Has the Home Run Derby Ever Been Cancelled?

It’s raining in Cincinnati. It is raining a lot.

So, what does that mean for the Home Run Derby, scheduled to go off at 8 p.m. at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark? It means things don’t look good and we’re facing everything from postponement to even a cancellation of the annual event. Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:

Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 69. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

As if that weren’t enough, tornado sirens apparently even went off earlier on Monday afternoon. That doesn’t exactly bode well for potential home run-hitting weather.

Last year’s Home Run Derby was delayed for about an hour because of rain but in the entire history of the event, the Derby has only been cancelled just once, in 1988, when it was held, of all places, in Cincinnati.  The MLB is, reportedly, “monitoring” the weather and has yet to make any official announcement on the final plans for the Derby.

This is downtown Cincinnati earlier on Monday. The video was shot by CBS’ “Eye on Baseball” and it does not look good for the already constructed All-Star spaces. Sometimes being an All-Star tent is tough. Monday was one of those days.

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