In the least surprising development of the season, Giancarlo Stanton is being declared the odds on favorite for the All-Star Game Home Run Derby. Stanton leads the National League with 21 home runs this season and his 138 career home runs are the most among this year’s Home Run Derby competitors. More importantly for this competition, however, Stanton leads all Major League hitters in average home run distance at 423.8 feet. Among the competitors, Yasiel Puig comes closest to matching Stanton with a mark of 417.3 feet per homer. It feels like the anticipation for this year’s contest is the highest it has been in years, so let’s hope Stanton and the crew can deliver a good show.
Oakland Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes looks to defend his Home Run Derby title against baseball’s best sluggers when they gather in Minneapolis. But it’s National League home run leader and Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, 24, who is the odds-on-favorite to win the event. Through Thursday, Stanton had amassed 138 homers, many of them moon shots, in his first 2,094 at-bats, including 21 homers this year — the most among the Derby competitors.
The 2014 Home Run Derby is Monday night at Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Twins. The 10 participants will be taking part in a new format, one where each hitter is limited to seven outs instead of 10 in each round to speed up the competition and reduce fatigue. Six players will advance out of the first round, with each league-leader getting a bye to the semifinals. Two players then go to the final. In the event of a tie, batters will each get three swings.
For the second time in three years, the Red Sox will find themselves with an abundance of payroll flexibility in the offseason. As of now, about $72.5 million will be coming off the books. That includes Jon Lester, Jake Peavy, Stephen Drew, John Lackey (whose salary plummets to $500,000), Jonny Gomes, Koji Uehara, David Ross, Craig Breslow (team option), Burke Badenhop, and Andrew Miller.
The Miami Marlins are at an interesting crossroads for the organization. On the one hand, they are unlikely to be able to stay competitive in the NL East in 2014 despite all of the positive vibes the team has elicited during their surprising first half. On the other hand, those positive vibes have probably been good for the organization and its young, developing players. Losing begets losing, or so the old thought goes, and perhaps it would be best for Miami to at least remain respectable for the rest of the year to teach their core talents on how to win.
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Giancorlo Stanton has crushed baseballs all season, and has enjoyed a phenomenal first half. He is tied for the NL lead with 21 home runs on the season, most of which have been absolute bombs.
Last game before the All-Star break is on a Sunday. That can only mean one thing: Welcome to this weeks edition of The Bad, The Ugly, and The Good. Today, since it’s the last game before the All-star break, we are going to mix it up and give the Bad news first. Quick recap- The Bad: We lost; The Ugly: The Pitching; and The Good: We will get to that in the full recap. So let’s jump into the game.
Despite his rough outing last night, Henderson Alvarez has still had a fantastic season up to this point. According to Juan C. Rodriguez, his efforts are being recognized.
Giancarlo Stanton will be participate in the home run derby as well as be the Marlins lone all-star. After LeBron James’ departure, he might be the best athlete left in Miami.