Monday, July 9, 2012

Home Run Derby

The home run derby is quite possibly one of the most overblown events in the sports calendar. It has so much potential, but there are things about it that I hate that make it much worse than it could be. For starters, hearing Chris Berman blabber about every homer is just atrociously unbearable. Second, injuries and the potential of the derby completely ruining players' swings is not great for the competition. There should also be a couple of mashers who should absolutely be in the derby every single year. Even though Adam Dunn is not an All-Star, I would definitely pay to watch him in the derby. Same goes for David Ortiz, Russell Branyan, Josh Hamiliton and some other players who were simply built to hit homers. Jose Bautista and Prince Fielder are very deserving of being there as well. Carlos Beltran and Mark Trumbo? Maybe not. And Andrew McCutchen and Matt Kemp are both extremely good baseball players, but maybe not the best HR derby participants. I'll probably watch with passing interest, but I think the event is extremely overrated.

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