Mark Reynolds Not in the Derby? How Major League Baseball Made a Big Mistake

John McKelveyContributor IIIJuly 5, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 29:  Mark Reynolds #12 of the Baltimore Orioles follows his hit as catcher Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks on at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 29, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The 27-year-old third base silver slugger favorite has been dominating, recently hitting seven HRs in the last 10 games, but that's not the reason he should be in this year's home run derby.

As an Oriole fan living in Arizona it became obvious that Reynolds used to be a king in the city of Phoenix at my first D-backs game. His "go for it all" attitude seemingly stirred the entire stadium every at-bat, and had everyone waiting in anticipation.

Reynolds' career is highlighted by one season though, and many have criticized him for breaking the most strikeouts in a season record twice. However, this style is perfect for the derby as the whole point is to hit HRs, not make contact. He is well on to having his best power season also, as he has 20 HRs before the All-Star break.

Reynolds' power is a big selling point. When he gets a hold of the ball, he hits it a long way. He hit 104 HRs in his last three season with the D-backs at Chase Field. Meaning he is the most comfortable power hitter in the game with the dimensions of the park.

When you look at the competition, there is no reason Reynolds shouldn't be included. David Ortiz, the captain, has less HRs than him despite hitting in one of the best hitter's ballparks in baseball. Robinson Cano, also selected, has only 14 HRs in the tiny new Yankee stadium.

The hometown D-back fans have really no one to root for in the derby. Mark Reynolds would give them that, and give the baseball world a show as well.