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Home Run Derby set to dazzle

Posted on: July 11, 2011 5:26 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 7:15 pm
 
Ortiz

By Evan Brunell


The 2011 Home Run Derby will pit the American League captain David Ortiz against NL captain Prince Fielder of the Brewers in a new format that still holds true to the rules of previous derbies in a battle set to air at 8 p.m. ET.

Ortiz, who won the 2010 Home Run Derby (pictured), selected three players to join him in a battle of league superiority and elected to bring Red Sox teammate Adrian Gonzalez, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and the Blue Jays star Jose Bautista, who leads all of baseball with 31 home runs.

Fielder, meanwhile, will see teammate Rickie Weeks, Matt Holliday of the Cardinals and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers try to stave off what certainly looks like an AL whitewash on paper. Weeks and Holliday aren't exactly vaunted home-run hitters, but they can hold their own. It's an entirely different thing to bang a home run in a game as opposed to batting practice.

Chase Field, the Diamondbacks' home, is a hitter's haven that will prove conducive to homers although the stadium is expected to keep its retractable roof closed to keep temperatures down as Arizona heat can skyrocket past 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

If yesterday's batting practice before the Futures Game held by minor-league stars was any indication, fans are in store for a treat, given Dayan Viciedo blasted a mammoth home run that had to have traveled at least 500 feet. But there's always potential for a bust, as there tends to be at least one player each year who struggles to launch balls out of the park.

Here are some predictions made by the CBSSports.com staff, and check out previous Home Run Derby results:

BIGGEST BUST
Evan Brunell: Matt Holliday
Danny Knobler: New format (just as impossible to understand as old one)
Scott Miller: Matt Kemp
C. Trent Rosecrans: Robinson Cano
Matt Snyder: Rickie Weeks

LONGEST HOME RUN
Evan Brunell: Adrian Gonzalez, 491 ft.
Danny Knobler: Prince Fielder, 459 ft., one foot longer than Cecil Fielder's home run into the SkyDome (now Rogers Centre in Toronto) restaurant in 1991
Scott Miller: Jose Bautista, 489 ft.
C. Trent Rosecrans: Prince Fielder, 497 ft.
Matt Snyder: Prince Fielder, 478 ft.

HOME RUN DERBY CHAMPION
Evan Brunell: Jose Bautista
Danny Knobler: Scott Boras (Prince Fielder's agent)
Scott Miller: Adrian Gonzalez
C. Trent Rosecrans: Jose Bautista
Matt Snyder: Jose Bautista

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:49 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:02 am
 

Home Run Derby set to dazzle

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Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 2:26 am
 

Home Run Derby set to dazzle

Shall we say Rosencrans & Guildenstern Are Dead? Though to be fair, just about all the predictions above proved rubbish



Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: July 11, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Home Run Derby set to dazzle

i will go Jose Bautista to win it, not predicting but he is the one i like to win the Derby.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2011 7:50 pm
 

A.L. hitters set to dazzle

A.L. wins, hands down. They don't even need Robinson Cano to bring his bat tonight. The other 3 will do enough to cover him. 



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Home Run Derby set to dazzle

Knob Gobbler, don't you ever shut up? 
Also, it would've been nice if they included a brief snippet of what the new format was.  Great reporting guys - not that this is reporting.  It is CBS after all...




Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2011 7:44 pm
 

Home Run Derby set to dazzle

Rickie Weeks? Lol. 



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 11, 2011 7:22 pm
 

Home Run Derby set to dazzle

Danny Knobler has two tongue in cheek answers in the same article. Way to go. You're so ZANY knobler. 



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Home Run Derby set to dazzle

Not only should they be allowed to juice up on steroids before the Home Run Derby, they should also use corked or aluminum bats and juiced balls as well. It's an exhibition, right? So lets see some exhibitionism.



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Home Run Derby set to dazzle

If they wanted to spice it up a little, they'd let Aroldis Chapman pitch to everyone with 9 outs. Nothing but straight fastballs at 105 MPH.

Then we'd see some 500+ foot home runs! 


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