Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/25/12

The Home Run Derby contest has gone much the way of the NBA Slam Dunk contest or the NFL Pro Bowl. It's losing its popularity that it once so gloriously carried in the 1990's. Thankfully for Major League Baseball, once every few years, they get an unforgettable performance from someone like Josh Hamilton that revives the luster of this once great exhibition of herculean power. I mean no offense when I say that a home run contest between Matt Holliday and Rickie Weeks would hardly bring out the best in media ratings, attendance or entertainment in general. It's about time Major League Baseball gave its fans yet another night to remember in the 24 hours leading up to the Midsummer Classic. There are two players that can do such a thing and even elevate this event to a place it has scarcely been before: Giancarlo Stanton and Mark Trumbo.

These two players can hit a baseball further than anyone in the game. In the post-steroid era, they are the marquee power hitters of the up and coming generation. This doesn't necessarily mean that Stanton and Trumbo are going to steal any headlines from Matt Kemp or Albert Pujols, but it terms of ability to hit the ball 450+ feet, they have no equal. And essentially, that's what this event needs. The Home Run Derby has turned into two-hour long charade of good players but not necessarily great power hitters goofing off to the tune of 20+ 420 foot homeruns. What Mark Trumbo and Giancarlo Stanton can bring is the same thing, plus a dozen more moonshots that will travel to depths of Kauffman Stadium that have never been graced by a flying baseball before.

Read more...

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Reds’ Joey Votto shuts down heckler with “I remember when you used to be thin”

Rob Gronkowski gets new contract, chance to double salary

Padres offering $99 ticket plan for five June wins or 16 June games – whatever happens first

Former Jets WR Devin Smith found out he was cut via Twitter

Roger Goodell tweets ‘Key & Peele’ joke about relaxed celebration rules

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Martavis Bryant: ‘I know this is my last chance’

Glennon: ‘This is my year and I’m not worried about the future’

Durant apologizes for response to fans complaining about blowouts

Sheldon Richardson says Jets locker room is better without Brandon Marshall

What's next for the Spurs?

Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dies at 48

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

Box Score 5/23: Preds, Warriors move on to respective Finals

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker