2012 Home Run Derby Results: 10 Sluggers We Need to See in Next Year's Event
Prince Fielder has been named the winner of the 2012 MLB Home Run Derby after hitting 12 dingers in the final round. The Tigers sluggers hit 28 over the course of the competition for his second Home Run Derby win.
Eliminated in the first round were Andrew McCutchen (four home runs), Carlos Gonzalez (four home runs), Matt Kemp (one home run) and Robinson Cano (zero home runs).
Carlos Beltran (12 home runs) and Mark Trumbo (13 home runs) were eliminated after the second round, while Jose Bautista finished behind Fielder after hitting seven bombs in the final round.
Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, will be home of the 2013 Home Run Derby. With the fences moved in prior to this season, there should be a lot of strong performances next year.
There are a number of players in baseball that could take part in the event, but there are some sluggers we absolutely need to see.
Albert Pujols has participated in the Home Run Derby three times in his career, and came in second place in the event in 2003.
It would be great to see Pujols and his smooth stroke just one more time. He is one of the best power hitters of this generation and could certainly launch some moonshots into the stands at Citi Field.
There were a number of good reasons to be excited about Giancarlo Stanton's participation in the 2012 Home Run Derby. Unfortunately, he was forced to skip the event this year because of a knee injury.
Stanton could very well have his redemption in 2013. He has tremendous raw power and would be an incredibly fun player to watch.
With the New York Mets hosting the 2013 All-Star Game, it would be great to see David Wright in the Home Run Derby. He was an All-Star this season and should be one again next year.
Wright would be a fan favorite and he might have an advantage since he knows the ins and outs of Citi Field. He has Home Run Derby experience from the event in 2006.
Even though he has an incredibly impressive power stroke, Adam Dunn has never participated in a Home Run Derby. Dunn has hit some incredibly long shots in his career and a Home Run Derby would allow him to showcase his tremendous power.
The Big Donkey might even be able to hit one out to Shea Bridge.
When Bryce Harper was just 16 years old, he hit a 502-foot home run—the longest in the history of Tropicana Field (via Sports Illustrated).
Having Harper participate in the 2013 Home Run Derby at Citi Field would be outstanding. He would certainly help draw more attention to the event.
Why stop with Bryce Harper? Another way to inject some life into the Home Run Derby in 2013 would be to set it up as a battle between the best young stars in baseball.
Mike Trout has demonstrated the ability to hit the long ball, and he is also from the New York Tri-State area.
Ryan Braun participated in the 2008 Home Run Derby and had a fairly good showing. He hit 14 home runs and fell just short of the finals.
Braun is one of the best power hitters in the game, and would provide an interesting story line in light of his recent steroid saga.
The promo video for Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes put fans across the country on notice. The reel displays his many impressive abilities, and power is one of them.
Cespedes has the ability to hit ridiculous shots, as his longest home run with the Oakland A's traveled 462 feet (via ESPN Home Run Tracker). He could probably launch one even farther if he had the chance to participate in the 2013 Home Run Derby.
Ichiro Suzuki is certainly not someone that has been known for his power throughout his career.
However, that does not mean that he should not participate in the Derby. He actually has a fantastic power stroke that he only uses in batting practice (via Benjamin Hoffman of The New York Times). Ichiro could break out that stroke in what could be one of his last seasons in the majors.
Prince Fielder is the reigning Home Run Derby champion and deserves a chance to defend his title at Citi Field in 2013.
Fielder put on an impressive power display at this year's Derby, and would stand a chance at becoming the first three-time winner since Ken Griffey Jr.