With a new format and two teams of some impressive sluggers, the 2014 Home Run Derby will definitely be an exciting event. The Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, July 14th.
Each league will field a team of five sluggers. The captains for each team are Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies. Both captains selected their teammates.
Here’s what the new format of the Home Run Derby will look like:
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Both the American League and the National League have impressive teams, so this will certainly be a duel. Here’s the list of participants for each league:
|American League||National League|
|Jose Bautista (TOR)*||Troy Tulowitzki (COL)*|
|Yoenis Cespedes (OAK)||Todd Frazier (CIN)|
|Brian Dozier (MIN)||Yasiel Puig (LAD)|
|Adam Jones (BAL)||Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)|
|Josh Donaldson (OAK)||Justin Morneau (COL)|
The Oakland Athletics have two representatives in the Home Run Derby this year: reigning Home Run Derby champion, Yoenis Cespedes, and first-time All-Star, Josh Donaldson. If Cespedes wins the Derby again this year, he will become the first back-to-back Home Run Derby winner since Ken Griffey Jr. who won it in 1998 and 1999.
Also on the American League side, Bautista makes a strong case as to why he could win the derby. His swings look effortless, and he’s a home run machine.
For the National League, San Francisco Giants fans know how much power Tulowitzki provides for their division rival, the Rockies. Giants fans also know of Puig’s power (and bat flips) from their games against the rival Dodgers.
Stanton is a beast and is the favorite to win the Derby this year. Stanton has hit 21 home runs so far this season, which is tied with Tulowitzki for the lead in the National League.
Who do you think will win the Home Run Derby?