2012 Home Run Derby Contestants: Breaking Down AL and NL Teams

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2012 Home Run Derby Contestants: Breaking Down AL and NL Teams
Matt Kemp (L) and Robinson Cano (R); Photo via the New York Daily News

Unlike another pre-All-Star Game contest I know of, the Home Run Derby doesn't need costumes or silly props in order to be fun. All it needs is plenty of home runs.

And to that end, it never disappoints.

For the second year in a row, Major League Baseball decided to use the team captain system for the Home Run Derby. Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp chose Carlos Beltran, Carlos Gonzalez and Giancarlo Stanton to be on his team, and New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano chose Jose Bautista, Prince Fielder and Mark Trumbo to be on his team.

Cano won the Derby last season, and his team features MLB's current home run leader, the 2009 Home Run Derby champion and a player who's averaging roughly 420 feet per home run this season.

Kemp led the National League in home runs in 2011, and his team features a hitter with one of the prettiest lefty swings in baseball, a hitter who knows Kauffman Stadium quite well and baseball's very own answer to the Incredible Hulk.

So which team has the edge? For that matter, which individual player is the man to beat?

That's what we're here to discuss. Scroll forward for vital Home Run Derby intelligence.


Note: All stats come from FanGraphs unless otherwise noted.

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