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The 2022 MLB All-Star Game is finally here. And just in case there are extra innings, there’s a new way to decide the winner: a home run derby.

The All-Star Game is preceded by the Home run derby a day before the big game which features a fair amount of long balls. But for the first time ever, if tonight’s game ends in a tie after all nine innings, an additional Home Run Derby will be used to decide the winner.

The rule change was first announced during MLB’s lockdown settlement memorandum on March 10 and will be in place for at least the duration of the CBA, which extends through 2026.

Here’s everything you need to know about how the revolutionary new rule works:

How will a Home Run Derby decide the winner of the All-Star Game?

The American League and National League managers will each select three batters to compete in the event. Each batter will then have three swings to hit a home run. Participants will have an unlimited number of throws to add to their swing total.

Players from each team may bat in any order, with the visiting team (AL this year) batting first and opposing teams alternating each round thereafter. After three rounds, the team with the most home runs will be crowned the winner of the All-Star Game.

In the event of a tie after the rounds have ended, each manager will take one of the participating players to perform three more moves each until a winner clears.

Who will represent if a Home Run Derby is used to decide the winner?

American League manager Dusty Baker picked:

Ty France, 1B, Seattle Mariners

Julio Rodriguez, OF, Seattle Mariners

Kyle Tucker, DE, Houston Astros

National League coach Brian Snitker picked:

Pete Alonso, 1B, New York Mets

Ronald Acuna Jr., DE, Atlanta Braves

Kyle Schwarber, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

Four of the selected players took part in last night’s Home Run Derby. Only France and Tucker did not.

Has the All-Star Game ever gone to extra innings?

The All-Star Game has gone into extra innings a total of 13 times since its inaugural debut in 1933 — most recently in the 2018 game at Washington, which the AL won 8-6 in 10 innings.

Lance B. Holton