Does the MLB Home Run Derby affect second half performance?

As the halfway mark of the MLB season rolls around, baseball and sports fans alike look forward each year to the ever-entertaining evening that is the Home Run Derby. The goal is simple; hit the most home runs. Despite the widespread celebration of the event, some critics bring up the so-called “Curse of the Home Run Derby” every year. In this article, we will determine if there is any truth to this myth or if we can simply enjoy watching our favourite players participate without worry.