To be honest, this hasn't really ever been on my radar. I've heard some call it boring, and I've seen where other MLB fans will geek out entirely of seeing position players pitching, etc. I myself appreciate the bones of the game - what it was before, and what it struggles with now; home runs vs balls in play. To me, a crisp double play is way more exciting than a home run hit just over the wall, followed by fireworks and some tired sports theme playing over the speakers.
When so much pomp and revelry is made about every single home run, doesn't it lose it's uniqueness? Well, to be honest, home runs aren't all that unique anymore. In may of this year, baseball set a new record for the most home runs hit in one month. To top it off, in June, that record was broken again. So doesn't that take away from the Home Run Derby itself? In a way, isn't just like watching a glitzy version of batting practice?
Teams nowadays hire their hitters the same way they hire their pitchers. They want to see grand slams as much as shut outs. I think that's why there has been talk among MLB fanboys, to just leave the sluggers out of the Home Run Derby altogether. Which I don't necessarily agree with that idea. Does this take away from the reputation of MLB, or does it only further what seems like it's new viewer-grabbing doctrine?