Justin Morneau fell short in the National League final vote ballot as the Colorado Rockies first baseman will head back to Minneapolis where he began his career with the Minnesota Twins after Troy Tulowitzki added him to the National League Home Run Derby team.
Morneau makes his third HR Derby appearance. he finished fifth in 2007 and won in 2008, that was the year Josh Hamilton put on a performance for the ages at Yankee stadium, and has 13 home runs this year.
The other participants from the National League were named earlier this week as Tulowitzki selected Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig and Cincinnati Reds’ third baseman Todd Frazier will compete to win the title.
From the American League, Jose Bautista added Oakland A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson who hit his 20th home run of the season on Thursday and is making his first appearance in the event. He was named to the All-Star team on Sunday.
Donaldson joins his Oakland teammate and reigning HR Derby champion, Yoenis Cespedes, as the A’s have two players competing in the competition for the first time since 1990 when the Bash Brothers, Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, competed in the event on the night before the Midsummer Classic.
Donaldson joins Brian Dozier from the Minnesota Twins, Adam Jones from the Baltimore Orioles and the aforementioned Cespedes who were selected by Bautista.
Who do you think will win the event on Monday night?
Stanton is my pick to win the award and my pick to hit the longest home run on the night.