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News flash: pedestrian player with few homers will not be in Home Run Derby

Jun 12, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

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As we mentioned last night, Robinson Cano is once again the captain of the AL Home Run Derby team and will pick his side’s squad. From the New York Post:

 If you think Royals fans were displeased at Robinson Cano for not naming Billy Butler to the AL’s Home Run Derby team last year, they aren’t going to any happier this year. “No chance,’’ Cano said when asked if he would pick Butler, who has five homers, for this year’s competition at Citi Field.

Question: on what planet would the five-home run-hitting, .408-slugging Butler be a candidate for the team anyway? It was at least plausible for him to be a candidate in 2012, having hit 16 homers at the break and having the Derby in Kansas City, but it’d be silly this year. So why is anyone asking him that question to begin with?

You know — and call me crazy — I’m almost starting to think that reporters like to read storylines into things where they do not naturally exist.

  1. realgone2 - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Wasn’t the real issue the fact that Cano said he would ask Butler to be on the team last year but then he didn’t? I may have “misremembered” that.

    • rocketsteadman - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      You’re close…I think he said he would include a Royal last year, then didn’t.

  2. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Has anyone asked David Wright if he is putting B.J. Upton or Delmon Young in?

    • realgone2 - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      The strike out derby?

  3. sparty99 - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    So Cano wins the HR Derby in ’11, gets named captain for ’12, creates a controversy by not naming a hometown player when he said he would, hits zero home runs, and is tired for 5th in the league in HR, and he gets named captain again? I get the NY thing, but Davis, Cabrera or Fielder should’ve been the AL captain.

    • tc4306 - Jun 12, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      EE would be another logical candidate.

  4. paperlions - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    A better question might be, Why are 2 guys never finished in the top 10 in HR captians of the HR derby? Okay, it is in NY, sure, it isn’t like they picked captains from Missouri last year or from Arizona (or the West Coast) the year before that, when this silliness started.

    • RickyB - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      More than likely MLB is trying to avoid having a player mercilessly booed at what should be a fun time for everyone. I would expect that wherever the All-Star Game is in the future, the hometown team will have a HR Derby captain.

      • gammagammahey - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        That would make sense. It’ll be interesting to see who gets the call from the Twins next year. Willingham makes the most sense in terms of someone who ought to be in a HR Derby but Mauer is the hometown star and did participate in one HR Derby before.

      • dluxxx - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        RickyB – Sano would be a good option, but I’m guessing he might not be up yet.

  5. drewsylvania - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    “I’m almost starting to think that reporters like to read stories into things where they do not naturally exist.”

    Unlike bloggers, eh Craig?

  6. historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    I hope Wright picks Brandon Inge. I feel strongly that he has the potential to set a record for most whiffs at the HR Derby and whiffing while representing both the AL and NL. I think he has it in him.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      I feel strongly that Inge 1.0 can improve on his 2009 performance in the HR Derby – I’m all for your refreshingly warm and heartfelt suggestion regarding this underappreciated gritty team player.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        If he got in, I would offer you a wager, Sir. Sadly for us both, no.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        I would be willing to wager on ‘better than 2009’ should the unthinkable happen. My scenario – 100 PED suspensions for NL hitters the week before the All-Star game. Hell he could be captain if that happened and he somehow evaded the net.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        Well, 1 = better than 2009, so your bar is low. I feel confident that he could go for 0 again though.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        Some records really can’t be broken, eh?

  7. sdelmonte - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    This is New York. Everyone here – or at least everyone who doesn’t want to cope with parking in Manhattan – is pedestrian.

  8. specialkindofstupid - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    When is Robinson Cano going to realize that people want their Billy Butler? Fans of NL teams rarely, if ever, get to see Billy Butler play. And we’re sick of it. Give us Billy Butler. Give him to us now.

  9. unclemosesgreen - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    I’m still waiting for the day that the HR Derby captain selects a player from a rival team and subsequently announces via the twitter machine that the last time player ‘x’ participated in the HR Derby he tanked the whole second half of the season.

  10. thon - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Craig – did you watch the clip? Cano was joking, having fun. Not that you’d know funny if it jumped up and slapped you in the face, but Cano made the quip with a smirk on his face. Good lord.

  11. bwomped - Jun 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    I truly hope the captain of the NL team picks Pedro Alvarez from Pittsburgh. He’s got the most homers in the NL since last Aug. He hit one into the Allegheny River at PNC Park this season, second time it’s been done since the park’s been open in 2001. He can hit monster homers.

    • okr1st - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Forgive me if I’m wrong but wasn’t it Garret Jones who hit it into the river?

  12. kcroyal - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Only reason Billy doesn’t have more HR is because he’s finally figured out that they kill rally’s. Royals Baseball! Leave Country Breakfast alone.

  13. nbjays - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:37 PM


    That is all.

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