Last night, David Wright and Robinson Cano were named the captains for the home run derby at Citi Field in July. Under the new format, this means this means that both Cano and Wright will be participating in the derby along with picking three other participants from their league for the derby. Many times, when players participate in the derby, they change their swings in order to hit home runs. With his line drive swing, David will almost certainly have to change his swing in order to succeed and therefore, hurt his season.
Back in 2006, David Wright participated in the derby finishing in 2nd place to Ryan Howard in Pittsburgh. In the first half of 2006, David was hitting .316 with 20 homers and 74RBI and in the 2nd half of the season he hit .305 with 6 homers and 42RBI. Dropping 14 homers and 32RBI from one half to another is a significant drop off in production from the MVP pace he was on to start the year. Back in 2006, the Mets could still win with David’s lack of production because they had guys like Delgado and Beltran to pick up the slack. This year, David is the production and the Mets can barely hit as it is. Although it is a good thing for the fans for Wright to be the derby captain, the 2nd half of his season may not be worth the one night.
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