Watch: Bizarre 'hitting contest' decides tied Double-A All-Star Game


Ever wonder what baseball would look like if extra innings were replaced by a home run derby?

Well, this is about as close as you're gonna get to seeing that happen - and the only thing this strange contest managed to do was make Bud Selig circa 2002 look pretty smart.

On Wednesday, the Double-A Eastern League held its annual All-Star Game in Trenton, N.J., and things got very weird after the East and West Divisions finished nine innings tied at 4-4. Per the league's rules, no extra innings were played and the game went into a special "hitting contest" to find a winner.

The host Trenton Thunder were kind enough to provide us with the rules:

Got all that? No? Don't worry, you'll be even more confused in a moment. Here's Pirates prospect Will Craig getting the first crack for the West Division:

Impressive. But could Phillies farmhand Zach Green keep pace for the East?

Oh, well. It was a valiant effort from the East. Perhaps if they had sent All-Star DH Tim Tebow up to bat in this contest things would have played out differently.

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