Sort of like the Slam Dunk Contest in the NBA, people have been getting a little upset as of late with the lack of star power in the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby. Well, that will definitely change this season as one of the most polarizing hitters in the game, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, has accepted his invitation to be a part of the National League team during next week’s event.
#Dodgers Yasiel Puig said he has accepted invite to participate in HR Derby.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 8, 2014
From the time the chatter about this year’s All-Star Game began a few weeks ago, many wondered whether or not one of the best hitters in the game today would be showcasing his long ball skills during this year’s Derby, and now we will get to see that.
Folks have longed for the days of seeing the best power hitters stand at the plate and knock the stitches off of some batting practice pitches, just like back in the day when stars like Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and Ken Griffey Jr. would put on their respective shows for the fans in attendance, and millions watching on live television.
The National League Home Run Derby team will be captained by Rockies star Troy Tulowitzki, who just picked up the best available player in the field.
This season, Puig is batting 307 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI.