Wetmore: Revising my A.L. and N.L. teams for All-Star Home Run Derby
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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:
1. Captain Jose Bautista
2. Jose Abreu
3. Nelson Cruz*
4. Josh Donaldson
5. Yoenis Cespedes
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?
1. Captain Troy Tulowitzki
2. Giancarlo Stanton
4. Carlos Gomez
5. Yasiel Puig
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.