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All-Star Fever: Home Run Derby July 10, 2006

Posted by j-dub in Pro Baseball, Sports.

Okay, here’s the participants in tonight’s Home Run Derby; my favorite event of the All-Star Break:

National League

Miguel Cabrera – Florida Marlins – Bats: R
David Wright – NY Mets – Bats: R
Lance Berkman – Houston Astros – Bats: Both, will be hitting R for the derby
Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies – Bats: L

American League

Miguel Tejada – Baltimore Orioles – Bats: R
Troy Glaus – Toronto Blue Jays – Bats: R
David Ortiz – Boston Red Sox – Bats: L
Jermaine Dye – Chicago White Sox – Bats: R

The derby and all-star game are being held in Pittsburgh at PNC Park where the Pirates play ball. The dimensions of the park are LF Line – 325, LF Alley – 389, CF – 399, RF Alley – 375, RF Line – 320. Looking at the dimensions tell you it slightly favors a left-handed hitter. The derby always favors a streaky hitter; not always the best overall hitter.

With that said, there are only 2 guys hitting lefty (Howard & Ortiz) tonight and they are probably the two streakiest (is that even a word) hitters in the derby. None of the right-handed guys are extremely good HR hitters so I’m not leaning that direction. Tejada would be the 1 righty I’d even think about picking, because he’s been in the derby before and has won it also.

Here are my picks: NL: Howard, AL: Ortiz, Winner: Howard – I’m going with the young stud to pull this one out.

ESPN has a pretty cool feature called the Homerun Derby Tracker…Check it out here if you can’t make it to a TV.

Let me know your picks for the Derby…



1. j-dub - July 12, 2006

I hate to say it….okay, who am I kidding. We all like to admit when we are right. Howard pulled off the victory over the other young stud David Wright of the Mets.

It was a great display by the young guns Monday night.

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