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2014 Home Run Derby participants …

Jul 8, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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Home Run Derby league captains Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Bautista just revealed four of their five choices for next week’s event live on ESPN’s Sportscenter. The final two participants for the 2014 Home Run Derby will be announced on Thursday.

For the National League squad of sluggers, Tulo has decided to align himself with Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig, and third baseman Todd Frazier of the Reds.

Bautista’s American League group so far includes Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, and a host-city-favorite selection in Twins second baseman Brian Dozier.

The 2014 Home Run Derby will go down next Monday night (8 p.m. ET) at Minnesota’s Target Field.

There’s a new group-and-bracket type of format this year, which is explained in detail on MLB.com.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    For all the bat flips Puig will be performing, Adam Jones will help speed things up by swinging at every pitch thrown his way.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      He’ll be smashing some ribs, you mean.

  2. virusgvr - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Oh boy… I literally cannot wait to hear Berman to say back back back back back back 100,000 times!!!!

  3. 4grammarpolice - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Is there anything dumber in sports than the home run derby?

    • 4grammarpolice - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      …beside the slam dunk contest, I mean.

      • kardshark1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        The Pro-bowl raises its hand.

      • elmo - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        The Home Run Derby phone app?

    • roundballsquarebox24 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      I like it. It is obviously not serious baseball, just a fun event for the fans who like things like this. I wish they did more things like this during the Midsummer Classic. In Cuba, the All-Star weekend is an entire event. Besides the obvious All-Star game and Home Run Derby, they have an Old Timer’s game and a set of skills competitions. Players compete at individual skills like baserunning (1st to 3rd times, etc), throwing strength and accuracy from the outfield and within the infield, infield plays, bunting for a base hit, etc. I wish they did more for the All-Star game in MLB but I can see how teams would object to that because of the greater risk of injury to their multi-million dollar investments.

    • renaado - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Probably this…

      • sophiethegreatdane - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        That’s cool. I’d watch.

        Once.

      • twinfan24 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        Is that mascot in the video the anime version of Bernie Brewer?

      • ayaseyano18 - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:04 AM

        Boring…

      • aresachaela - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:22 AM

        Awesome Ren XD!!

    • tc4306 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      NHL All Star game puts a pinkie in the air

  4. vincentbojackson - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Only thing dumber is fans who love to complain about it.

    Not interested? Don’t watch.

  5. jre80 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    The ASG itself. Just because of the playoff implications and the 34 man rosters.

  6. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Adam jones over Chris Davis or Nelson Cruz?

    • Drew Silva - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      I think they both declined.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      The hardest part of putting together a home run derby roster is getting people to say yes. Cruz said he was likely to decline. Davis did it last year and I believe complained he felt it wore him out. Also players aren’t as likely to participate consecutive years. Some may want to give others a shot, some may want to just have the time off.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        Maybe they’re afraid they’ll have to face Robbie Cano’s dad.

  7. Tim OShenko - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Nice to see Dozier get the nod, especially since he didn’t make the cut for the All-Star team. He’s shown the same kind of late-bloom power surge that Bautista had a few years back (albeit not to the same degree).

  8. syphermce - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Comeon everyone but Puig!

  9. chargrz - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Pass!

  10. blabidibla - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Puig will win it. He’s the only one willing to put everything he’s got into it.

    Screw the regular season!

  11. arckln - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    No lefties? I’d hate to have right field bleacher seats for this.

  12. gerryb323 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Morneau!

  13. jsala02 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    I know he is not an All Star and he is hitting only about .250, but George Spring can crush the ball and would be fun to watch

  14. scoobies05 - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Davis didn’t make the all star team. Cruz was invited but declined. he said everything is going so well for him this year So he didn’t want to risk messing it up

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