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Robinson Cano picks his AL Home Run Derby team

Jul 2, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

Jose Bautista Reuters

There was no talking Josh Hamilton into taking part in the Home Run Derby, so Robinson Cano went with some pretty good fallbacks Monday: Jose Bautista, Prince Fielder and Mark Trumbo.

Bautista leads the AL with 26 homers at the moment, one more than Hamilton. Cano and Trumbo both have 20 apiece, while Fielder lags behind with 12. All told, the AL Home Run Derby team has 78 homers this year, compared to 68 for Matt Kemp‘s NL squad, which is comprised of himself, Giancarlo Stanton, Carlos Gonzalez and Carlos Beltran.

Besides Hamilton, David Ortiz, who participated the last two years, opted out of consideration for the AL squad this year. Adam Dunn, who is third in the AL with 24 homers, is a surprising omission, but he too may have declined.

Cano was named captain of this year’s squad by virtue of winning the Home Run Derby last year. He hit 12 homers in the finale to edge Adrian Gonzalez.

  1. ezthinking - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Dunn said he did not want to participate about 2 weeks ago.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      He was quoted yesterday saying he hadn’t decided.

  2. hcf95688 - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Yoenis Cespedes should have been selected. The guy puts on a batting practice show that reninds this old timer of The Bash Brothers.

    • fat4jc - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      maybe it’s just me, but the reckless abandon with which Cespedes swings, seems like it wouldn’t be great for a HR derby. I’d think he’d get winded quickly.

  3. willsolo - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    After that bomb that Bautista hit in Boston last week, I can’t wait to see what he does in the HR derby.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      He just hit #27 to CF.

  4. ezthinking - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    “If you hit the ball out of the park when it’s coming in at 50 mph, so what?” Dunn said. “Whoopee.’’ Adam Dunn

    • rexryanisablowhard - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:07 AM

      Clearly he’s afraid of striking out.

  5. kosar92807 - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Trumbo has the easiest swing and by far the most power.
    If nerves don’t get him, he should win this thing.

  6. kcfanatic - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    I’m disappointed that they didn’t include Billy Butler. I mean, the game is in Kansas City. I know that I am being a homer. It’s just that it is a smack in the face to see our old outfielder Carlos Beltran participate, and not a Royal. Cano even had originally said that if a fielder got in for KC instead of a pitcher that they would be in the derby.

  7. jengibre23 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Prince over Dunn? And too bad Hamilton didn’t want to do it because he could make the homerun derby really fun to watch again like 08.

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