Who are the best home run hitters in baseball? Off the top of my head I think of Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, Justin Morneau, Prince Fielder, Mark Reynolds, Justin Upton, Josh Hamilton, Joey Votto, Miguel Cabrera, Vlad Guerrero, Adam Dunn, Ryan Braun…who am I missing here?

Anyways, only one of those guys — Cabrera — is participating in this year’s home run derby. And that sucks.

I know that guys will surprise us. I know Bobby Abreu turned in one of the greatest derby performances despite never hitting more than 31 dingers in a season.

Still, this home run derby lineup is kind of lame, don’t you think?

The lineup for Monday’s derby is:

NL: Chris Young, Matt Holliday, Corey Hart and Hanley Ramirez.

AL: Nick Swisher, Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz and Vernon Wells.

Of those 8 players, only Cabrera is one of the top 10 home run hitters from the past three seasons, averaging 35 homers from 2007-2009. Big Papi and his 29 homers per season over that time period cracks the top 25.

Frankly, I find it somewhat insane that Howard isn’t participating. He’s only on the team because Charlie Manuel has no qualms about picking his own guys over more deserving players from other teams (ahem, Joey Votto). The least Howard could have done was taken a few cuts on Monday night.

6 Responses to “Too few big boppers in this year’s derby”

  1. The homerun derby is the new slam dunk contest. Who will rise up and be our Dwight Howard? Who?

  2. I’m not sure why Justin Uptno pops immediately to mind when thinking of HR hitters.

    At any rate, the NL side is weak other than maybe Holliday, and Vernon Wells is a head scratcher, but the overall the choices are not terrible.

    • Kris, I read a story the other day that talked about the guys who hit the shortest and longest home runs, and Upton was at the top of the list of the guys who hit the longest home runs. But now I can’t find the article. But it exists, I swear. For what it’s worth, Justin Pedroia’s home runs travel the shortest average distance.

      • I had heard mention that Upton hits the deepest HR also. It’s just that he doesn’t hit a whole lot of them, so it is still kind of strange to think of him as a big HR guy, personally. I believe you though, i think I probably saw the same article.

      • Great article on Fangraphs right now about the HR derby participants and some of their stats:

        http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/the-hr-derby-contestants/

        I don’t think it’s too bad of a field, actually. There are some serious names participating (Papi, Holliday, HanRam, Cabrera) and as we’ve seen in the past, all you need for a great derby is for one stud to find a groove – they don’t necessarily need to be a 45+ HR guy. Also excited to see Vernon Wells crush – he has the potential to really destroy some balls.

  3. Danny O says:

    That was fun to watch Corey Hart and Ortiz go on a tear yesterday. If I were Hart, I’d rather not go last in Round 2. I think that they should let the leader choose where they are gonna hit for the next round.

    They should put Micah Owings in the Derby. Dude can mash.

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