Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 5/25/12

The Homerun 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 homerun 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 homerun 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.  

     

This article first appeared on The Outside Corner and was syndicated with permission.

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