The MLB home run derby, to be contested Monday night, will be made up of five-man squads from the American League and the National League. Today we received an update on who will be filling out those teams, with the final member for each league to be announced Thursday.
The AL team will include (home run statistics from before Tuesday’s games):
Captain — Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (17 HRs, 10th in AL)
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics (14 HRs, 16th in AL)
Brian Dozier, Twins (16 HRs, 12th in AL)
Adam Jones, Orioles (16 HRs, 12th in AL)
The NL team will include:
Captain — Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies (18, 2nd in NL)
Todd Frazier, Reds (17 HRs, 5th in NL)
Yasiel Puig, Dodgers (12 HRs, 26th in NL)
Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins (21 HRs, 1st in NL)
Puig has the fewest homers of both of those groups, but he is arguably the player fans will most want to see, if only for the what-will-he-do factor.
Yasiel Puig has accepted an invitation from Troy Tulowitzki to bat-flip in the 2014 Home Run Derby: pic.twitter.com/4xVVY7uY7i
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 8, 2014
We know that the final member of the AL squad will not be Mike Trout or Miguel Cabrera. A story at mlb.com indicates that White Sox slugger Jose Abreu (27 home runs) remains a possibility. Cespedes will vie to become the events first back-to-back winner since Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99).