Tonight the MLB All-Star festivities continue with Home Run Derby at Citi Field. The hometown favorite will be New York Mets star David Wright. Tonight at 8 PM EST you can watch eight sluggers vying for the Home Run Derby crown. The player that are participating are Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano, Pedro Alvarez, Chris Davis, Bryce Harper, Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Cuddyer, and the aforementioned David Wright.
Queens, New York is the location of Citi Field, which opened up in 2009, was one of the toughest places to hit a home run. Last year the Mets moved in its fences especially in leftfield. Since then there has been 155 home runs hit in that ballpark.
So without further ado, here are our batters for the 2013 Home Run Derby.
Let’s start out with the host so to speak, David Wright from the New York Mets. He has hit 13 home runs this season. He is the one of the players that is tied with the least amount of home runs. Back in 2006 he almost on the derby when it was at PNC Park. I wonder what seven years away from the derby will do for him and if he can rekindle what he did back in 2006.
Next up is Pedro Alvarez from the Pittsburg Pirates. His 2013 home run total so far is 24. Alvarez was the replacement for Colorado Rockies player Carlos Gonzalez. Pedro is tied for fifth in the majors in home runs this season and is second in the National League. Alvarez could be the surprise performer since he is the late addition to the derby.
Staying in the National League we look at Bryce Harper from the Washington Nationals. He has 13 home just like David Wright. Harper could have had more, but he had been injured and missed some games. He was reactivated on July 1st and he hit a home run in his first at-bat.
Michael Cuddyer will be representing the Colorado Rockies. He has turned 16 hits this season into home runs. Like Harper, Cuddyer could have had more but he spend 15 days on the DL. Michael is the oldest participant in this year’s derby. Age is nothing but a number to Cuddyer since he is having a career year with his best home run rate to date. The old timer could show the kids a thing or two and take the derby crown.
Chris Davis from the Baltimore Orioles is having a career year. He has 37 home runs already. When David hit his 37th home run this past weekend, he tied Reggie Jackson with the most home runs before the All-Star break in American League history. If Davis keeps up this pace he could pass the 60 home run mark. All eyes will be on Davis to see if he can live up to the high expectations he created for himself with his performance from the first half of the season.
Oakland Athletics Yoenis Cespedes has 15 home runs so far this season. Don’t let that number fool you though, Yoenis looks to make headlines tonight. Cespedes is the only right handed batter in the AL’s foursome. He could shine at Citi Field tonight and bring Oakland the derby crown.
Robinson Cano from the New York Yankees has a total of 21 home runs this season. His home runs on contact percentage has increased in four of the last five seasons. Two years ago, he won the derby by hitting a total of 32 home runs. What made that derby special for him was that Cano was hitting off his father, former Astros righty Jose Cano.
Last but not least is Prince Fielder from the Detriot Tigers. Prince has 16 home runs already. Fielder is one of just two players to win multiple Derbies. Ken Griffey Jr. won three of them. Not bad company to be in. Fielder won in 2009 in St. Louis and last year in Kansas City. He can tie Griffey if he wins tonight. He is the favorite for many fans of the Home Run Derby.
So there you have it. The eight sluggers for this year’s Home Run Derby contest. Who you got winning it?