Jul
06

Robbie Cano, Homerun Derby participant

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Major League Baseball just announced six participants for next week’s Homerun Derby, one of whom is Robinson Cano. Can’t say I would have predicted that before the season. Cano leads all second baseman with 16 homers, which are good for top 17th most in the league. Que up the “it’s going to ruin his swing!” articles.

The others participants: Miggy Cabrera, David Ortiz, Vernon Wells, Corey Hart, and Matt Holliday.

Categories : All Star Game, Asides

83 Comments»

  1. Ross in Jersey says:

    In before ITS GUNNA RUIN HIS SWING!!!!!11!

    • Tom Zig says:

      There isn’t much evidence to prove it one way or another.

      • Ross in Jersey says:

        I have a hard time understanding the logic behind the “post HRD funk”. A guy spends a couple hours trying to crank out some home runs, and this screws up his swing indefinitely for the season? Isn’t it glorified batting practice? I really just don’t understand any of the logic.

      • Mister Delaware says:

        Agreed, and I’d lean towards assuming it doesn’t have any real effect, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t help anyone’s swing. I’d rather he weren’t.

      • StatBoy says:

        The HR Derby participants will usually be players who are leading or close to leading the league in Home Runs at the ASB. Often they will be players you don’t expect to hit a lot of home runs who they are trying to reward for a hot first half (Wells, Cano, Hart). What’s more likely, that glorified batting practice has some horrible effect on a player’s swing or that the (often flukey) HR leaders Pre-ASB will be the exact same players who hit the most HRs post ASB?

        For Reference:
        Cano HR/FB: 15.7% (2010) 11.5% (Career)
        Hart HR/FB: 18.1% (2010) 12.1% (Career)
        Wells HR/FB: 18.8% (2010) 12.1% (Career)

        We’re going to see these guys hit fewer home runs Post-ASB and it will have nothing to do with the HR Derby.

        Also,
        Abreu HR/FB by Month in 2005:
        Mar/Apr: 4.2%
        May: 52.4% (!!!)
        June: 20.0%
        July: 4.5% (This is probably where everybody freaked out about him not hitting HRs after the ASG)
        August: 19.0%
        Sep/Oct: 10.0%

        He’s 13.5% for his career.

  2. rbizzler says:

    Weird. He is not really the slugger type, but I guess it is all in good fun.

  3. Tom Zig says:

    I really wish Cano wasn’t part of the HR derby.

  4. Poopy Pants says:

    Oh no. Not good.

  5. Across the pond says:

    I think I heard Eric Karros’s head explode.

    His RBI skillz!!

  6. A.D. says:

    Figure Cano is probably one of those guys that either hits 1 HR or wins the whole thing.

  7. bexarama says:

    The others: Miggy Cabrera, David Ortiz, Vernon Wells, Corey Hart, and Matt Holliday.

    Can’t say I would have predicted that before the season.

    I’m a bit nervous but hopefully he goes out and destroys all.

  8. The others participants: Miggy Cabrera, David Ortiz, Vernon Wells, Corey Hart, and Matt Holliday.

    Wait, Big Papi is hitting? But who will leap around like a goofball oaf court jester with exaggerated antics after every shot hit by every participant? Can David clone himself in time to celebrate his own homers vicariously?

    Will he be able to use Clone Papi afterwards to help him find the real killers?

  9. Rob Has no Innings Limit says:

    Wow. What a shitty HRD lineup.

  10. Ivan says:

    3 years from now, RAB article will have the headline:

    Jesus Montero, Homerun Participant.

    /Fantasing’d

  11. Pete says:

    I’ve been hoping for this for years, just because I want more of the world to know just how fuckin far Cano can hit the ball when he turns on it. However, I expect one of two things to happen:

    1. Cano hits one home run in the derby, a liner the other way, gets knocked out in the first round, and goes his merry way (and continues his MVP-caliber season)

    2. Cano zeroes in on only those pitches he can hit out, hits like 30 HRs, and finds that the whole experience, rather than throw off his swing, improves his plate discipline, and makes him a perpetual .330/.420/.600 hitter with ~35 HRs per year for the next decade.

    Yeah.

  12. Brad Toughy says:

    I don’t see Angels Stadium as being a great park to watch a home run derby in. It doesn’t have much charm or great milestone locations to try and hit. Seems the past few years have been some pretty neat HR parks.

    Everyone wanted to see if Josh Hamilton could hit one out of Yankee Stadium, he didn’t, but he put quite a few deep in the upper deck. St. Louis had Big Mac Land or whatever it was, and San Francisco and Pittsburgh featured some splash hits.

    Apart from the rocks in center, LA doesn’t seem all that interesting a place to hit a homer.

  13. Brad Toughy says:

    And I’m assuming there will be two more participants named later this week or early next. Unless MLB is cutting the field to just these six.

    Maybe waiting on Joey Votto to win the fanvote.

  14. bexarama says:

    CC should really participate in this

  15. Kiersten says:

    The HRD will never be as good as it was in the steroid era.

  16. The last time the Home Run Derby was at Edison Fields of Angel Stadium in Anaheim and Los Angeles of Southern California in the Great American West of the North American Continent inside the Western Hemisphere was 1989. Here were the final numbers from that contest:

    1989 Home Run Derby

    American League
    Rubén Sierra,Texas: 3
    Mickey Tettleton, Baltimore: 1
    Bo Jackson, Kansas City: 1
    Gary Gaetti, Minnesota: 0

    National League
    Eric Davis, Cincinnati: 3 (winner)
    Glenn Davis, Houston: 2
    Howard Johnson, New York: 2
    Kevin Mitchell, San Francisco: 2

    The sad thing is, I didn’t make any of that up at all.

  17. vinny-b says:

    and Oswald acted alone.

  18. BG90027 says:

    No Omar Infante?

  19. Paul says:

    I got a text that Cano pulled out <— hurray

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