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Troy Tulowitzki is considering Yasiel Puig for the Home Run Derby

Jul 3, 2014, 9:52 PM EDT

Yasiel Puig AP

Good news for people who like fun things. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is considering selecting Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig for the Home Run Derby on July 14 at Target Field. Tulowitzki is the captain for the National League squad and will pick four players to join him in the competition.

“He’s on the list,” Tulowitzki said. “He’s someone that has a good chance. I’m not going to sit here and say he’s one of the guys I’m going to select, but he’s right up there with the top.”

Tulowitzki spoke highly of Puig’s raw power.

“I think, as you guys from L.A. know, he has tremendous power,” Tulowitzki said. “I’ve seen his BP a couple times. He’s definitely on my list. I’ll probably talk to him here in this series, first of all, see if he’s interested, which, hopefully, he is and we’ll go from there.”

Puig has said he would take part in the competition if he’s invited by Tulowitzki.

This would be awesome, though we would likely have to put up with lengthy delays between swings on account of all the bat-flipping. Still, I think most of us can live with that if that means Puig will participate. Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the National League with 21 homers, is already on board.

On a somewhat related note, Puig hasn’t homered since way back on May 28.

  1. clydeserra - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Our cubans hit is farther than their Cubans?

  2. rbj1 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    But, but, but isn’t that disrespecting an artificial knock off of the slam dunk contest? Next thing you know a hungry Great Dane will be in Nathan’s hot dog eating contest!

    • twinfan24 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      Well, the earliest Slam Dunk Contest was in the ABA in 1976. There was a Home Run Derby TV show in the 1960’s. So, while the slam dunk was connected to an All Star game first, the Home Run Derby (in a different format) is actually older. Oh, and the slam dunk contest could not be more boring!!! The Home Run Derby is at least mildly interesting, and certainly beats the boring slam dunk contest, which from what I understand didn’t even have clear rules earlier this year.

      • clydeserra - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:55 PM

        I have seen an episode of that show, its at the same time fascinating and boring.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        Just like the ’50s.

  3. Carl Hancock - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    What’s there to consider? If he wants to do it acting like he’s being considered is nonsense. We all know baseball will want him in the Home Run derby. Although with all the bat flipping it may take longer than normal…

  4. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Troy Tulowitzki, if you’re reading this…CHOOSE HUNTER PENCE for a spot (assuming he’d be interested in participating).

    I know it may sound silly but Pence would be a deceptively good Home Run Derby participant. Ask anyone whose ever watched this guy hit BP and they will corroborate everything I’m saying. During his time in Philadelphia, I heard that when you watched Hunter Pence and Ryan Howard hitting batting practice…Pence crushed the ball significantly farther than big Ryan Howard. The kid has probably the most violent swing in baseball today. He literally looks like he’s trying to hit the ball 800 feet.

  5. andreweac - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Why did Tulo just disrespect the history of the game by paying that heathen Puig a compliment?

  6. campcouch - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    This is about name recognition. Puig has 11 HRs, Tulo can’t find another guy in the NL with more to compete?

  7. tuberippin - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:47 AM

    There are some good choices available for the remainder of the team regardless of whether or not Puig is chosen. Todd Frazier has a ton of power, as does Devin Mesoraco. Pedro Alvarez is out there. You wouldn’t go wrong choosing Paul Goldschmidt. Andrew McCutchen’s swing plays anywhere in any type of skills competition, and he’s slugging .519 so far this season. And of course there’s guys like Mark Reynolds and Ryan Howard kickin’ around in the NL, too.

    If Evan Gattis weren’t injured, I’d pick him for a HR derby in a heartbeat.

  8. recoveringcubsfan - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Glad you acknowledge the stupid bat-flipping, Craig. Though you’re joking, I bet Puig actually would do it at least twice: once out of habit and twice because he can’t help himself. Contrary to what CC thinks, though, it would not be worth it except to those who think the HR Derby isn’t already way too long. So Chris Berman, basically.

  9. paperlions - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    People that like fun things don’t watch the HR derby, because it simply has no elements of fun in it.

  10. mikhelb - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    it would be cool to have Puig, the derby is quite fun though the constant blabbering and yelling of “back back back back” makes me remind the martians in the movie adaptation of “Mars Attacks”.

    It would get funnier if players decided to flip their bats in every HR with the golden baseball, and heck, maybe act a bit for the fans (ie: the big scoreboard giving an E to a David Ortiz out in the HR derby, of course if Ortiz participates and he is willing to make a fun stab at that rant he had early in the season).

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