2009 Home Run Derby Participants
If you saw the home run derby last year, you know how exciting this event can be, but since the star of last years derby Josh Hamilton is hurt and isnt likely to be participating in this event.
Here are who I think should be in this event to make it exciting like it was last year.
These Numbers as of Friday June, 12, 2009
1. Albert Pujols
C'mon is there anyone else who should be #1? Albert Pujols would dominate this event held in his stadium, if he is in it expect him to win.
2009 numbers: .321 avg, 20 homers, and 55 rbis
2. Mark Teixeira
Mark Teixeira is having a beastly year after signing a huge contract with the Yankees, and it would be fun to watch Pujols and him go at it for the home run derby title.
2009 numbers: .290 avg, 20 homers, and 54 rbi's
3. Adrián González
Adrián González is leading the major leagues in homers so this choice is a fairly obvious one.
2009 numbers: .273 avg, 22 homers, and 43 rbis
4. Raúl Ibañez
Raúl Ibañez is another player having a great year, after coming to the Philadelphia Phillies from the Seattle Mariners, Ibañez is already close to passing his 2008 home run total, and it's only the 60th game of the year.
2009 numbers: .325 avg, 21 homers, and 58 rbis
5. Carlos Peña
Carlos Pena is a great power hitter, he destroys the ball almost every time he hits it. Pena is a great player with great power.
2009 numbers: .229 avg, 19 homers, 47 rbis
6. Jason Bay
After coming to the Boston Red Sox from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the infamous Manny Ramirez trade. Jason Bay has killed the ball this year and would be perfect for the home run derby.
2009 numbers: .280 avg, 16 homers, and 57 rbis
7. Justin Morneau
Last years champ, Morneau is having a great year and should be in this event since he is the reigning champ and is having another MVP caliber year.
2009 numbers: .338 avg, 16 homers, 54 rbis
8. Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard already won this event back in 2007, but he should go at it again because he is having another fantastic year and I personally would like to see him be in it again.
2009 numbers: .251 avg, 19 homers, 49 rbis