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Home Run Derby participants announced; Fielder calls on Weeks

Jul 5, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks AP

Both David Ortiz and Prince Fielder called on teammates to help them out in next Monday’s Home Run Derby.  In Fielder’s case, though, it’ll be Rickie Weeks, not Ryan Braun, trying to aid the cause.

With Braun saying he wasn’t interested, it will be Fiedler, Weeks, Matt Kemp and Matt Holliday for the NL squad.  The AL will be represented by Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, Jose Bautista and Robinson Cano.

Mark Teixeira turned down the spot that went to Cano.

Holliday got the nod over Lance Berkman, a three-time participant who is currently tied for the NL lead in homers with Kemp.  They have 22 apiece, one more than Fielder.  Weeks has 15, while Holliday has a modest 10 in 61 games.

Besides Berkman, overlooked for the team was Jay Bruce, who ranks fourth in the league with 18 homers, and young slugger Mike Stanton.  Stanton wasn’t scheduled to go to Phoenix, but Marlins teammate and All-Star Gaby Sanchez lobbied for him anyway.

The AL foursome has 74 homers to the NL’s 68 this season.  Bautista leads the majors with 27 homers.  However, none of the other five American Leaguers with at least 20 homers (Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Paul Konerko, Mark Reynolds and Nelson Cruz) made the cut.  Ortiz has 17 homers, Gonzalez 16 and Cano 14.

  1. qcubed3 - Jul 5, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Sounds like an epic derby.

  2. The Common Man - Jul 5, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    I hereby boycott the Derby on account of no Wily Mo Pena.

    • JBerardi - Jul 6, 2011 at 8:18 AM

      I’d rather watch any random WMP or Mike Stanton BP session than the HR derby as presently constructed.

  3. dakotablake - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Over/under on the # of balls hit over 500 feet: 5.5

    I’m saying under.

  4. rmfields - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Paul Konerko, .319 average, 21 home runs, 62 RBI, biggest All-Star snub this year!

    • JBerardi - Jul 6, 2011 at 8:22 AM

      Andrew McCutchen says hi.

      • foreverchipper10 - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:44 AM

        Both should be there. I think CC is the biggest snub with Konerko coming in a close 2nd and McCutchen 3rd.

  5. angrycorgi - Jul 7, 2011 at 6:49 AM

    AL is all AL East? Sounds like an all-hype, no-performance derby to me. Bautista is the only guy on that list that makes sense.

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