Updated: July 8th, 2014 12:13pm
Wetmore: Revising my A.L. and N.L. teams for All-Star Home Run Derby

Wetmore: Revising my A.L. and N.L. teams for All-Star Home Run Derby

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7/7/2014
Sports Over Beers, episode 23. Dave St. Peter on the All-Star Game
Twins President Dave St. Peter joins the Sports Over Beers podcast to talk about this year's All-Star Game at Target Field. The best events of All-Star week, the concert at TCF Bank Stadium, the color run, the parade down Nicollet Mall, the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby and the rest of the party. Are there tickets available for any of the events for the week? Where can fans go to find tickets or seating for any of the All-Star events? How will the Twins and the city of Minneapolis benefit from hosting All-Star week at Target Field? Glen Perkins and Kurt Suzuki will be in the game, but several others with Twins ties will be involved, too. What upgrades have the Twins made to Target Field to make the All-Star Game as good as it can be? -- How were season ticket sales affected by the All-Star Game, and how will that change once the game is a thing of the past? What is St. Peter most looking forward to? (AllStarGame.com.) -- Also, from Mason's Barre in downtown Minneapolis, Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore have a couple Shock Tops and chat about their expectations for the All-Star Game. What do you want to see in this year’s game and surrounding events (read: party)? Does Justin Morneau stand a chance to make it in the Final Vote? #VoteMorneau. Did Brian Dozier get robbed? How cool is it that Pat Neshek made it? Special thanks to Mason's Barre and Shock Top.
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by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com

Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion hit the 15-day disabled list Monday and Angels superstar Mike Trout has declined to participate in the Home Run Derby at Target Field.

Well, there went 40 percent of my preferred American League derby squad.

Two weeks ago I assembled what I thought would be the most entertaining and deserving group of big bashers to line up and smoke juiced baseballs out of Target Field in the exaggerated batting practice setting. Here's a link to that story with my laughably unscientific methodology.

Tuesday, I took another peak at the home run leaderboards and made necessary tweaks.

Here are my new lineups:

American League

1. Captain Jose Bautista

2. Jose Abreu

3. Nelson Cruz*

4. Josh Donaldson

5. Yoenis Cespedes

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I considered Brian Dozier for this list, but after he was left off the All-Star team he sounded like he's looking forward to the short break. So I favored players who already will be a part of the festivities.

I also would be cool with it if Victor Martinez made it, given the season he's having. Ultimately I succumbed to the potential narrative of having Cespedes defend his crown. Do I have a problem with having two players from Oakland represented? Absolutely not. They're the best team in baseball

*A reader pointed out to me that Cruz has indicated he is likely to decline. If that's the case, how about Martinez?

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National League

1. Captain Troy Tulowitzki

2. Giancarlo Stanton

3. Justin Morneau

4. Carlos Gomez

5. Yasiel Puig

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My N.L. list and justifications remain unchanged. Morneau might need to be added through the Final Vote. 

If you disagree I'd like to hear why in the comments. Remember, my rationale isn't purely scientific. As I wrote in the first post, I picked my team based on performance and based on cool narratives "because the results of the home run derby don't matter but it's still fun to assemble A.L. and N.L. teams."

The All-Star Game and surrounding festivities comprise one giant show. And these 10, in my opinion, would put on a heck of a show. 

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
In this story: Brian Dozier, Justin Morneau
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