Handicapping an All-Time MLB Home Run Derby at Citi Field

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Handicapping an All-Time MLB Home Run Derby at Citi Field
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If you had a time machine and could pick any player in his prime to participate in a home run derby at Citi Field in 2013, who would you choose?

It's a simple question that has no practical application (...yet?), but it's fun to debate anyway.

My money is on Ken Griffey Jr. and the sweetest swing in the history of mankind, but perhaps you prefer Mark McGwire, Roger Maris or Babe Ruth.

There's obviously no right answer, but let's look back at 12 of the most prolific individual seasons of baseball yore and place some hypothetical odds on who would win.

The selection process was a simple one: If a player ever hit more than 55 home runs in a single season in their career, they made the cut. That singular criterion conveniently narrowed the field to the following six American League sluggers and six National League mashers.

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