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The 2013 Home Run Derby participants have been announced

Jul 8, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT


Just announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter, here are the participants for the 2013 Home Run Derby, which will take place next Monday at 8 p.m. ET at Citi Field in New York. Keep in mind that all of the players selected were also chosen for the All-Star Game. So there’s no Giancarlo Stanton here. Oh well.

National League

David Wright (NL Captain) – Wright is the captain for the National League side this year, as his team is hosting this year’s Midsummer Classic. The 30-year-old third baseman is quietly in the middle of one of his most productive seasons, hitting .306/.394/.519 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI in 85 games.

Carlos Gonzalez – An easy choice for Wright, as Gonzalez currently leads the National League with 24 home runs. It’s worth noting that he’s out of the lineup tonight after leaving yesterday’s game with a sprained right middle finger, so this is assuming his health cooperates.

Michael Cuddyer – A bit of a swerve on Wright’s part, as some may have expected to see someone like the Phillies’ Domonic Brown here. However, Wright picked someone who he has a long history with dating back to AAU ball in Virginia. To his credit, Cuddyer is having a fine season with the Rockies, batting .337/.392/.583 with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 68 games.

Bryce Harper – This is going to be a real treat, as few players in the game have more raw power than the 20-year-old phenom. He has launched 35 home runs in 190 career games. Only four players (Mel Ott, Tony Conigliaro, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Mickey Mantle) have had more before turning 21 years old.

American League

Robinson Cano (AL Captain) – Appropriately enough, Cano is the captain once again for the American League side. The 30-year-old has 20 home runs in 88 games this season and has reached at least 28 home runs in each of the past three seasons.

Prince Fielder – A no-brainer for Cano, as Fielder is the defending champion from last year’s Home Run Derby in Kansas City. The 29-year-old first baseman has 15 home runs in 87 games this season and has hit at least 28 in each of his full seasons in the majors.

Chris Davis – The man everybody wants to see. With a swing that almost looks effortless, Davis currently leads the majors with 33 home runs. The leading vote getter for this year’s All-Star Game, he has the most home runs by anyone before the All-Star break since Barry Bonds back in 2001.

TBA – Cano is still deciding on who his final pick will be, with an announcement expected tomorrow. For now, let your imaginations run wild with the possibilities. Here’s hoping for Brett Cecil.

  1. xxakshunxx - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    That lineup looks like one of the least exciting in the last 20 years

  2. foofooface - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Puig? Hello?!

  3. 13arod - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    pens5829 i said the same thing

  4. 13arod - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    I dont like that fielder got selcted to the homerun derby he can only hit 25-30 homeruns

    • historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      He is the reigning Derby champ, son.

    • jyoung1891 - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      There is a difference between the hitting that a player does in a game, ie. playing to win, and a HR derby, where the challenge is to hit as many balls over the fence as possible. Fielder may only hit 25 HRs this year, but he can still hit it a long way when that’s what he is trying to do.

  5. watermelon1 - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Call Manny Ramirez up just for this!

  6. steelers88 - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    I want to actually see guys that are home run hitters in the homerun derby not guys who are just contact hitters!

  7. philliesblow - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM


    • Shayna - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:13 AM

      Kawasaki! Noodle power would be unbeatable. Oh, wait…not an All-Star. Still, maybe a write-in?

  8. luz56 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Can’t take ANY all star game seriously anyone…every year it’s a …”he should he shouldn’t ” Goldschmidt should!

  9. paint771 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    I’m guessing Cano takes Encarnacion, who was voted into the asg by the players (a lot of whom felt he was snubbed last year) and is third in homers in the AL. Cano seems friendly with him and Bautista too.

  10. dizzale34 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Evan Gattis got Screwed!! More Homers than the Captain??? Hmmmm.

  11. abaird2012 - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Feh. If I wanted to watch batting practice, I’d get to the park early.

  12. terpfan76 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Huh… Didn’t realize Harper is a contact hitter. I’d be willing to bet he’ll hit some of the most majestic homers of the derby. Not saying he will win mind you, but he’s a good choice for a homerun derby.

  13. basedrum777 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Maybe Cano goes crazy and picks a pitcher…

  14. hitdog042 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Ortiz says he’ll never do a HR derby again. Don’t hold your breath.

  15. pens5829 - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Mr. Wright should expect a warm welcome Friday evening at PNC Park. Here’s hoping Pedro goes beserk and goes yard/ river several times over the weekend.

  16. bengalguy - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:26 PM


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