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Umm, genius, it might work fine with David Wright, but what are you gonna do when the team’s only representative is an Elvis Andrus type, or a pitcher?
I think a better question is why they're having "captains" make the decisions on who to invite in the first place and why are these specific players made captains in the first place? Cano is a pretty odd choice considering that he has never even hit 30 HR in a season and while he is likely to eclipse that this year he still has a bunch of guys in front of him on the leaderboard.
Seriously, this is effing stupid. It's already ridiculous that someone like Billy Butler gets in the AS game
If you find this kind of booing more terrible than booing a player for being terrible then you are a terrible human who deserves to be booed.
When people say exponentially, they almost never mean exponentially.
Kansas City and the Royals have been wonderful All-Star Game hosts, with their Midwestern charm on full display.
Is there a single living person who actually cares about the Home Run Derby?
Presumably, the Royals will want to compete for top-tier free agents as the team moves closer to legitimate contention.
But Royals fans who truly care about the team’s future shouldn’t have done anything that would make one player turn to another and say, “Man, what’s the deal with this?”
And by the way, Cano’s AL team won in a landslide.
But if Cano did make a promise to the KC fans, then the essay is off-target. Which it is, I don't know. I never heard Cano promise anything, but then, I don't watch many Yankee games or much ESPN.
Is this the first year of this "captains choose the team" thing?
Major League Baseball must institute a rule change whereby one player from the host team is obligated to appear, just to avoid this sort of nonsense in future years.
Bigger question might be why Cano was picked for 2011. He'd never hit 30, and though he was hot that April, his May-June total was only 6 dingers. Papi must've known something, as his team annihilated the NL 76-19.
I also agree that KC vs Cano was the most entertaining part of the derby.
That does make a difference.
I thought that it was the highlight of the night.
Cano being a winner is entirely due to luck on his part, not any of his skills.
Yeah, agreed. Changes it from classless to merely catty.
I guess when it is classy to boo is in the appendix of the Unwritten Rules of Baseball.
I wonder if every single time Billy (OPS+121) Butler comes to the plate, KC announcers say "He's one of the best hitters in baseball...if not the best"...like they do with Robbie (OPS+121) Cano.
When did they change the name of the event to "The OPS+ Contest"?
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