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Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki named captains for next month’s Home Run Derby

Jun 23, 2014, 7:01 PM EST

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It’s that time again. Yes, the Home Run Derby is back for another year and today the captains for the National League and the American League were announced.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will lead the National League squad while Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista will head up the American League group. Appropriately enough, both players are the current leading vote-getters in their respective leagues.

The rest of the competitors have yet to be announced, but four more players will be added for each league in the days to come. Tulowitzki and Bautista will now do some recruiting of their peers, though fans can make some suggestions via this poll on MLB.com. Athetics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes won last year’s competition. One would think he’d be invited back to defend his crown.

The 2014 Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, July 14 from Target Field, the home of the Twins. The 85th MLB All-Star Game will be played the following evening.

UPDATE: This year’s derby will be a little different, as each player will get seven outs per round and the competition will be bracketed after the first round. Check out details here.

  1. pinkfloydprism - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    I think that MLB has to shake things up with this event in the not so distant future. Maybe they should let the players user composite bats, and see if they can hit the ball 600 feet with it. Maybe set up targets all around that field that give bonus points? Who knows? Not me for sure… but I think they will have to do something in the next few years to make it new again.

    • infieldhit - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      I’d rather them shorten the derby and add other skills events, but considering players probably couldn’t run from home to first without getting hurt, the options are limited.

      It’s probably fun in person, but monotonous on TV. And like the dunk contest, more of the big names will keep declining.

      • pinkfloydprism - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        I would love to see throwing skills etc, but you are right…the chance of injury goes way up.

    • skunksprayjim - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      They changed the format around a bit this year to a knockout style tourney.

      • pinkfloydprism - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        Nice, I was not aware of that.

  2. skunksprayjim - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    AL
    Bautista
    Cruz
    Encarnacion
    Cespedes
    Abreu

    NL
    Tulowitzki
    Stanton
    Goldschmidt
    Gattis
    Puig

    • thomas844 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      That’s exactly who I would pick, though Todd Frazier and Hanley Ramirez might also be good picks for the NL.

    • sportsnut101 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Only 4 aloud on each team

      • nbjays - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Nope, five. Go read up on it.

    • derklempner - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      Puig? The guy tied for 21st in home runs?

      No.

  3. whmiv21 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    I think the teams will be

    AL
    Bautista (C)
    Encarnacion
    Abreu
    Cespedes

    NL
    Tulowitzki (C)
    Stanton
    Morneau
    Goldschmidt

    • whmiv21 - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      Ah, new format. So they are allowing 5 dudes per league. I would think that the 5th spot would go to Cruz, but it would also be really cool to see Trout in the Derby.

      NL I’d think would be Puig, but maybe it could be someone like Rizzo or Gattis or Frazier. Carlos Gomez would be pretty neat too. That 5th spot definitely opens up some possibilities.

  4. timmmah10 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    If it was just Abreu v Stanton it would be worth the price of admission.

  5. alphonzolester - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    trust me on Gattis you guys…he’s a beast. You have to see him taking BP. He’s up there with Stanton

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