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2014 MLB All-Star Game: Home Run Derby Thread

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What's everyone's thoughts on the Derby this year? You like the lineup? Who's your pick? Other thoughts?

Overall, I'm kinda disappointed - I really wanted to see Jose Abreu, Nelson Cruz bombs are jaw dropping, Springer comes completely out of his shoes, sucks the likes of Gattis and EE got hurt - but who knows if they would have done it. Trout and Goldy would have been fun When I think of HR derby guys I wanna see it doesn't have to do with the most HRs, just dudes with a frightening tape measure clinic in BP. While there years haven't been great Chris Davis and Pedro Alvarez take a mean BP. Chris Carter isn't a very good player, but damn he can smoke some moonballs in BP.

Super pumped to see Stanton, obv Tulo and Bautista were captains and they'll be good contestants. Cespedes put on a great show last year and I think it'll come down to him Vs Stanton. Todd Frazier is my sleeper, dude has insane pop - seen him hit one handed HRs, broken bat HRs, and even a bomb on a ball that bounced. As a Puig fantasy owner I'm not stoked he's in the derby, but I think he'll be a blast to watch.

I get Bats selecting the hometown boy Dozier, but I mean really? Outside of Minnesota that's a snoozer pick, and I think Arcia would be a far better homer pick in regards to the derby. Adam Jones is a good hitter, but I don't see him making much noise in the derby. Donaldson may make some noise, but I don't know if the HR derby is a good thing after his last 5/6 weeks - considering a lot of his struggles are related to him falling in love with the long ball. Justin Morneau may have won in '08, has had a nice little comeback year but he doesn't interest me at all. Pick may partially have a lot to do with him and Tulo being teammates and that Morneau would be very well received in Minnesota.

In the last couple weeks there hasn't been a lot of hitters looking worse at the plate than Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista, I'm not getting into what their overall numbers are(they're great), but as someone that watches a good share of their ABs they're struggling. Bats timing is just way off since returning from being out a week, and Donaldson has been struggling hard for 5 weeks. So as a guy that owns them in fantasy I'm not overly pumped they're involved. Yasiel Puig seems to be nursing 439029 different nagging injuries, power hasn't been there last month+ - another name as a fantasy owner I'm not pumped to see involved.

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HRD is so boring, IMO. WAAAAAAAAAAAAY too long. I don't think I've ever made it to the end. I think I usually watch the first round and that's about it. Definitely not going to get into analysis of the selections, lol. It's not nearly that interesting to me. Should be fun to watch Stanton, though.

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Justin Morneau

Dude got freaking robbed of an All-Star nod and is going to impress his old hometown crowd.

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Stanton will be must-watch for me, but the event as a whole is so overblown and Berman just wears me down after awhile. No reason whatsoever it should take as long as a real game.

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Obviously Stanton is the one we've all been waiting for... but 2 guys I think are some serious favorites are either of Bautista or Cespedes. I picked Bautista to win it.

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Todd Frazier

Mark it down now. Frazier will win it

I'm thinking I'll be on board. Waiting for the opening lines to be released but if he's as undervalued as I expect he will be my bet. Stanton will obviously be mad-overrated; anyone can win the Derby so don't pay for the favorite. Cespedes will be expensive as well.

Frazier is a good pick.

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Derby is usually boring, the rosters suck, it's way too long, and I don't like the format. Only guy worth seeing is Stanton. Much more interested in the actual ASG

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Does everyone complaining about the Derby format know that the format this year is different and they tried making it shorter?

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Does everyone complaining about the Derby format know that the format this year is different and they tried making it shorter?

Gosh I hope so. And hopefully Berman is nowhere near a microphone. Then, it might be tolerable.

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I know it can get easily overblown, but is anyone worried about Stanton's wrist acting up during/after this?

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Does everyone complaining about the Derby format know that the format this year is different and they tried making it shorter?

Gosh I hope so. And hopefully Berman is nowhere near a microphone. Then, it might be tolerable.

I doubt it will end up shorter. Just more in-between filler time for Chris Berman to drive people away in droves. Actually Berman uses the derby hitting time as useless filler to interview who knows what boring ball player while the hitters get a little box in the corner. I can't even bear the thought of watching that boring crapfest again. When someone makes a internet video of just the hitters hitting maybe I'll check it out. But my place is a Berman free zone from now on.

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Does everyone complaining about the Derby format know that the format this year is different and they tried making it shorter?

Gosh I hope so. And hopefully Berman is nowhere near a microphone. Then, it might be tolerable.

I doubt it will end up shorter. Just more in-between filler time for Chris Berman to drive people away in droves. Actually Berman uses the derby hitting time as useless filler to interview who knows what boring ball player while the hitters get a little box in the corner. I can't even bear the thought of watching that boring crapfest again. When someone makes a internet video of just the hitters hitting maybe I'll check it out. But my place is a Berman free zone from now on.

I agree completely. This will be as long and if not longer.

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Why does everyone hate Berman? I mean, isn't hearing "back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, back, GONE!" every single HR for every player delightful!

Seriously, at times I mute the TV but I still enjoy the Derby. I think its cool to see all the nuances of each stadium its in when the balls fly to different parts. Then to put in perspective how far those balls actually go.

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This year's participants:

AL:

Bautista

Cespedes

Jones

Dozier

Donaldson

NL:

Tulo

Stanton

Puig

Frazier

Morneau

Stanton is an obvious choice. Puig and Cespedes love to put on shows and Cespedes made it look REALLY easy last year but it's tough to go back to back.

Baustita and Morneau have experience in the Derby.

Cespedes or Puig would be my choice!

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I'm going to put my money on Puig or Stanton. Adam Jones and Cespedes will be in the final rounds too. The rest of the guys outside of Joey Bats don't seem to profile to me as HR Derby winners.

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New format this year:

- 10 participants, five from each league. Each hitter gets seven outs in the first round, and the top three totals from each league advance.

- In the second round, we go to a bracket format. The No. 2 and No. 3 totals in each league from the first round face off, again with seven outs. The hitter with the highest first-round total in each league gets a bye through to the third round.

- In the third round, the winner of No. 2-No. 3 matchup faces the No. 1, seven outs each. That's the case for each league.

- In the finals, the winner of the AL bracket meets the winner of the NL bracket, again with seven outs for each.

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Back, Back, Back, Back, Back, Back, Back, Back, Back, Back, Back, Back, Back, Back, Back, Back, GONE!

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The league I run does a payout for HR Derby Champion and ASG MVP. We also do MVPs, ROYs, and CYs. Anyone else do anything like this in their leagues?

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Yup, obvious choices, and hopefully they do put on a show, are Puig & Stanton.

My sleeper pick is Donaldson.

Dozier, Jones, Morneau, & Frazier don't excite me in any way.

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