The Home Run Derby has always been one of the most fun events in sports. Guys and gals alike dig the long ball, and unlike the MLB All-Star Game, this contest has steadfastly remained a meaningless exhibition that is a lot of fun.
And that's the way it should be.
You won't want to miss a single dinger, and with the information below, you won't miss a thing. Enjoy.
When: Monday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Citi Field, New York, New York
American League Contestants: Robinson Cano (captain), Chris Davis, Prince Fielder, Yoenis Cespedes
National League Contestants: David Wright (captain), Bryce Harper, Michael Cuddyer, Pedro Alvarez
What to Watch For
For starters, how about this Chris Davis fella? At the time of publication, he's hitting .317 with 37 home runs and 93 RBI.
Yes, Chris Davis. And yes, you read those numbers correctly.
Now, Davis' power isn't coming totally out of left field. He did hit 33 home runs and added 85 RBI a season ago. Still, he's challenging Miguel Cabrera for AL MVP this season with those types of numbers. And given his current swing, it will be hard to bet against him at this event.
Of course, both Cano and Fielder have already won the event, and both are having vintage seasons.
Cano is currently hitting .300 with 21 home runs and 65 RBI, and he is once again one of the top hitters in the game (and arguably the top second baseman). Fielder is being overshadowed by Cabrera for the Detroit Tigers, but he is still hitting .268 with 16 home runs and 69 RBI.
With a compact yet violent swing and plenty of natural power, Fielder isn't to be underestimated at this contest.
Neither should you underestimate Cespedes, who has smacked 15 home runs this season. He'll be one of the long shots, but he has the strength to surprise some folks.
Another long shot will be the NL captain and the man with the hometown crowd behind him, Wright. With 13 home runs this year, Wright isn't the most powerful man in this competition, but the New York crowd may be able to will him to a few extra dingers.
Another fan favorite may be Harper, although you wouldn't put it past the New York crowd to give the business to the young Washington Nationals superstar. Like Wright, Harper isn't purely a power hitter (13 home runs, just 29 RBI), but he has the charisma to step up on the biggest stage and deliver.
Could dark horse Michael Cuddyer crash the party? The Colorado Rockies slugger has hit 15 home runs and 52 RBI this year, so it's certainly possible.
Finally, the sleeper that seems most likely to surprise folks is Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The free-swinging third baseman has bashed 24 home runs this year and should pace the National League in this contest.
And hey, at the end of the day, who cares who wins? After all, don't we all just love seeing home runs?
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