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Home Run Derby Controversy: The Juan Soto and Kyle Schwarber Home Run Derby debate is upsetting the sports betting community

Schwarber hit a significant home run, but it wasn’t recognized.

MLB Home Run Derby outfielders weren’t the only ones that dropped the ball on Monday night.

It turns out that the Derby was misreported by both MLB officials scoring the game and ESPN, which broadcast the event. Numerous pivotal swings of the bat that were critical to the outcome of the Derby as well as the pockets of many fans watching at home with stakes in the game were incorrectly counted by the broadcast and MLB.

They repeated it as well.

First, in the bracketed matchup between veteran Albert Pujols and Kyle Schwarber, Pujols prevailed by a score of 20 home runs to 19 for the triumph. However, it was soon discovered that a home run by Schwarber, which would have been number 18, was not recorded. Pujols and Schwarber should have played in a sudden-death overtime after the score should have been knotted. However, that wasn’t the case, as Pujols advanced, giving several bookies the opportunity to profit (Schwarber was one of the betting favorites to win the event, but eliminated in the first round).

Home Run Derby Controversy: The Juan Soto and Kyle Schwarber Home Run Derby debate is upsetting the sports betting community

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Similar circumstances transpired in the Derby finals, where Juan Soto of the Nationals defeated Julio Rodriguez of Seattle to win the trophy. Soto kept swinging for the fences, but according to the rules of the Home Run Derby, he was breaking the law.

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During Soto’s Derby-winning at-bat, the rule that requires pitchers to wait until the preceding hit ball has fallen was repeatedly broken. While Rodriguez finished with one less home run, Soto persisted and amassed 19 hits. Many of these hits came after the home plate umpire was spotted throwing his hand up and signaling the pitcher to “halt.”

One home run may not seem like much, but take into account that Rodriguez had +850 odds to win the trophy, while Soto had +650 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. That is a sizable payoff difference.

And it was the wagerers who were suffering.

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