MLB Home Run Derby 2011: Ryan Howard and 5 other Sluggers We'd Love To See
With the new format of a school-yard selection of Home Run Derby participants, the field is lacking some power.
Ryan Howard, for example, would be a great addition to the Home Run Derby lineup.
There are five other sluggers that should have been in the field to make this contest a little more interesting.
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This selection is obvious because Howard is one of the premier sluggers in the game today.
The 2006 Home Run Derby champion deserved to take part in this year's contest.
With 18 HRs, Howard is near the league lead in round-trippers.
Not to mention, Howard has the star power that will draw people in to watch what is otherwise a boring and drawn-out affair.
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The word is that Ichiro Suzuki could be an above-average power hitter if he set his mind to it.
The master of base hits would be an interesting addition to the long ball fest.
Ichiro is an enigma of a player that way. He may be one of the most skilled hitters this game has ever seen, but he chooses to hit for average over power.
All the more reason to see if there is truth to the rumor that he is a proficient power hitter by putting him in the Derby.
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Berkman is one of the best power-hitting switch-hitters in the history of the game as evidenced by reaching the 350 HR milestone on Tuesday.
Berkman is a fan favorite and would make a great addition to the field.
Willy Mo Pena
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In addition to having one of the best names in baseball, Pena was the subject of a Twitter campaign for his selection to the National League Derby squad.
His power numbers aren't impressive, but Pena would be the fans' choice for a participant in the Home Run Derby.
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Stanton is as strong as any power hitter in the game today.
With Stanton in the Derby, new blood would be infused into the contest.
The Derby has become stale over the past few years and the addition of young, up-and-coming stars like Stanton would put the Derby back in the spotlight.
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Bruce is your prototypical big-league slugger.
He has a knack for clutch home runs including the 2010 NL Central-clinching walk-off home run.
What was said about Stanton goes for Bruce as well.
Bruce fits that Adam Dunn mold in that you think he will rip the cover off the ball ala The Natural with any given swing.