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Monday, July 02, 2012

Home Run Derby teams revealed

AL: Cano, Trumbo, Bautista, Fielder
NL: Kemp (unless the Dodgers stop him), Stanton, Beltran, CarGo

I got to say, on paper this is the best lineup for a HRD I can remember in a long, long while. I mean, it’d be great if Hamilton did it again, but can you really argue with any of these guys?

Gamingboy Posted: July 02, 2012 at 07:15 PM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: July 02, 2012 at 08:07 PM (#4171721)
I can't really comment relative to other years (other than to say that I recall there being some underwhelming names at times) but ...

Cano has never hit 30 in a year
Beltran has been tearing it up but averaged about 22 HR per 600 PA since 2007.
Gonzalez has topped 30 HR only once and 64 of his career 94 HR have come at home. (that includes his short time in Oak)

Of course one of those three will now win it.*

* I'm not gonna go poking for who should take their place and I assume they do (or try to) limit it to guys going to the game anyway.
   2. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 02, 2012 at 08:11 PM (#4171728)
I'm excited to see Stanton hit in the Derby.
   3. Randy Jones Posted: July 02, 2012 at 08:12 PM (#4171729)
Well, Cano did win the HRD last year and already has 20 HR this year...
   4.   Posted: July 02, 2012 at 08:25 PM (#4171735)
I think that Trumbo is a bit of an odd choice. The man has power, no doubt, but you'd think maybe go with a more established HR guy like Adam Dunn or Josh Hamilton. I guess they want to hype the young guy, and obviously he doesn't not deserve it. Fielder only has 12 HR this year, so a bit of an odd choice too, to be honest.

Anyway, doesn't matter at all.
   5. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: July 02, 2012 at 09:29 PM (#4171770)
Please please please please please don't let Kemp participate.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 02, 2012 at 09:55 PM (#4171776)
Really wish Cano had picked Billy Butler for the home crowd - he even indicated he would pick a Royal if a hitter was selected for the ASG.

I thought Dunn would have been a fun choice too. Maybe Dunn, Bautista, Butler for the AL, Stanton, Votto, CarGo for an NL team.
   7. shoewizard Posted: July 02, 2012 at 10:10 PM (#4171783)
Hamilton would have been a much better choice than fielder.
   8. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 02, 2012 at 10:20 PM (#4171788)
well, i think we all know why braun isn't there but i don't know how you keep a straight face and don't have one of the league's best power hitters and the season league leader on the home run hitter squad
   9. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: July 02, 2012 at 10:27 PM (#4171795)
Stanton should put on quite a show. Enjoy.
   10. Chokeland Bill Posted: July 02, 2012 at 10:32 PM (#4171798)
Bryce Harper
   11. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 02, 2012 at 10:42 PM (#4171811)
I'm happy to see Bautista there, but I'd be fine if he gave up his space to Dunn.
Bautista didn't do so well last year, and I'd love to see Dunn launch some bombs.
Also, after his performance at Yankee Stadium, I would think that picking Hamilton should be a no-brainer every year after that.

I'm thinking it's Stanton vs Fielder in the final, with Stanton winning.

Sadly, I'm going to miss everything to do with the All-Star game (and baseball in general) for the next couple of weeks while I'm in Europe.
   12.   Posted: July 02, 2012 at 11:13 PM (#4171827)
I thought that Jose's troubles last year had a lot to do with the guy tossing to him, who was utter crap. Couldn't get one over the middle of the plate the entire time. I hope he's been training, or Jose has picked someone else.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 02, 2012 at 11:22 PM (#4171831)

I thought that Jose's troubles last year had a lot to do with the guy tossing to him, who was utter crap. Couldn't get one over the middle of the plate the entire time. I hope he's been training, or Jose has picked someone else.


I suggest Luke Hochevar.
   14. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: July 02, 2012 at 11:29 PM (#4171833)
I agree with everyone above about Adam Dunn. He has hit several monster shots in his career. He would appear to be a perfect choice for this kind of thing.
   15. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: July 03, 2012 at 12:02 AM (#4171848)
Sadly, I'm going to miss everything to do with the All-Star game (and baseball in general) for the next couple of weeks while I'm in Europe.

Yes, what a horrible thing. To have to holiday in Europe for two weeks, my heart bleeds for you. I believe they have the internet in Europe, you might catch some highlights.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: July 03, 2012 at 12:14 AM (#4171856)
Bautista didn't do so well last year, and I'd love to see Dunn launch some bombs.

But only after taking 50 walks and 100 called strikes.
   17. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: July 03, 2012 at 12:30 AM (#4171862)
Sadly, I'm going to miss everything to do with the All-Star game (and baseball in general) for the next couple of weeks while I'm in Europe.

You might want to develop an escape plan if the economic situation turns (more) ugly while you're there. Jus sayin.
   18. Shredder Posted: July 03, 2012 at 12:31 AM (#4171863)
You can debate the accuracy of the home run distance measurements, but there was a stat shown in an Angels game last week that had Trumbo with the longest average home runs in the majors, and he's hit 19 I think. Sometimes the Vets don't like to participate, so all things considered, that probably makes him a good choice. This is from a week or two ago:
But the really fun thing to watch is Trumbo taking batting practice. At Dodger Stadium last week, he hit a soaring shot down the left-field line that, according to Angels pitchers who watched it fly over their heads, bounced off a sun shade and went careening out of the stadium.

“I don’t know how far it was, but it was a mammo shot,” reliever Jordan Walden said. “When Mark gets a hold of one, it goes a long way. A long way.”
   19. The District Attorney Posted: July 03, 2012 at 12:35 AM (#4171867)
Mammo?
   20. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: July 03, 2012 at 01:48 AM (#4171887)
Mammoth.
   21. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: July 03, 2012 at 01:56 AM (#4171888)
Smithers! Mammo is coming!
   22. Swedish Chef Posted: July 03, 2012 at 02:13 AM (#4171893)
You might want to develop an escape plan if the economic situation turns (more) ugly while you're there. Jus sayin.

Escape? And miss a once in a lifetime opportunity to lord it over the natives with the almighty dollar? Just don't offer to buy the Eiffel Tower, the French are a proud people.
   23. Boxkutter Posted: July 03, 2012 at 04:04 AM (#4171903)
At least with Dunn, you wouldn't have the "it messes with my swing" excuse. All the guy does is swing for the fences when he swings anyways.
   24. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: July 03, 2012 at 07:09 AM (#4171920)
He should have taken new Oriole Jim Thome.
   25. shoewizard Posted: July 03, 2012 at 07:44 AM (#4171928)
Camerin Maybin hit a 485 ft. homerun to the second row of the picnic area above left CF in Chase field. Longest HR in baseball this year.

VIDEO

   26. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 03, 2012 at 12:52 PM (#4172207)

Also, after his performance at Yankee Stadium, I would think that picking Hamilton should be a no-brainer every year after that.


Hamilton said he would not be participating in the HR Derby about a month ago.
   27. geonose Posted: July 03, 2012 at 02:49 PM (#4172370)
Hamilton said he would not be participating in the HR Derby about a month ago.

Dunn did as well. Don't get on Cano for not picking guys who said they don't want to do it.

Now, if you want to get on him for not giving slots to Butler and Granderson when he said weeks ago that he would ask them both, be my guest. In fact, Kansas City should boo him loudly.
   28. Brian Posted: July 03, 2012 at 08:04 PM (#4172720)
It is insane for Kemp to participate in this thing. The Dodgers should put a stop to this crap right now.

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