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Carlos Gonzalez out, Pedro Alvarez in for Home Run Derby

Jul 11, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

Pedro Alvarez AP

Carlos Gonzalez isn’t too banged up to play for the Rockies or to participate in next week’s All-Star Game, but due to his finger injury, he has opted out of Monday’s Home Run Derby.

Replacing Gonzalez on the NL squad is Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez is tied with the Phillies’ Domonic Brown for second place in the league with 23 homers, one behind Gonzalez. Yet both Alvarez and Brown went unpicked as NL captain initially selected Michael Cuddyer and Bryce Harper to round out his four-man squad.

Alvarez probably was the best choice of the options. While Brown has just as many homers, his average homer has been estimated at just 380.5 feet. That ranks dead last among all players with at least 10 homers, according to Hittrackeronline.com. Alvarez comes in at 406.7 feet, which, while not approaching Justin Upton‘s MLB-best 428.0 mark, is at least above the median. He also leads the majors with nine “no doubt” home runs, as hittrackeronline describes them.

The 26-year-old Alvarez is a first-time All-Star this year. He’s recovered from a lousy April to hit .253/.315/.521 with 60 RBI in 82 games to date.

  1. jkulha86 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Picking Cuddyer over Alvarez was idiotic to begin with. Not sure Pedro will win it, but he’ll definitely have some deep shots.

    • ezthinking - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:10 AM

      ^^^^^ Such a stupid comment on so many levels.

      • GH - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        Seems pretty reasonable to me…

  2. xtech9 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Now if we can just switch Cuddyer with Goldschmidt we will be set

  3. hojo20 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    The only question is, will the HR derby last 4 hours or 5 hours?

  4. 13arod - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    xtech9 cuddyer can hit homeruns

  5. modellforprez - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Told my Queens cats clear the deck Dunn Dunn El Toro is coming Thru Comin Thru!!!! Theyre like shutup we know he is from the Juicy apple

  6. dohpey28 - Jul 11, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Pedro is also a local kid, growing up in Inwood in Upper Manhattan. Good to see him get the chance.

  7. stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Can someone please decipher Art’s post? I have read it three times now. Each time slower than the first. I still don’t know and I now have a headache.

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