All-Star Game Links: Voting & Homerun Derby

2012 Draft: Day Three LiveBlog
Yankees Trimester Grades Are In

The Yankees hit the one-third point of their season last night, which means we’re not far off from the halfway point. The All-Star Game is actually like, the 52.4% mark of the season, but who’s counting. Here’s some Yankees-related news on the Midsummer Classic, the glorified exhibition that determines home field advantage in the World Series. Boo that.

Jeter, Granderson among early vote leaders

Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson are currently among the top vote-getters at their respective positions for next month’s All-Star Game in Kansas City. Jeter leads all shortstops with 1,698,777 votes, more than 600,000 more than second place Elvis Andrus. Granderson (1,406,128 votes) is second among AL outfielders behind leading vote-getter Josh Hamilton (2,587,991). Nelson Cruz (992,992) is also in line to start in the outfield. Jose Bautista is a close fourth, Adam Jones a close fifth.

Robinson Cano (1,164,448) ranks second among AL second baseman behind Ian Kinsler (1,447,171) while Mark Teixeira (697,602) is second to Prince Fielder (1,027,070) among first baseman. I’m surprise Albert Pujols isn’t leading at first despite his early-season slump. Alex Rodriguez lags at third base behind Adrian Beltre (1,179,864) and Miguel Cabrera (886,365). Here’s the ballot, you can vote up to 25 times per email address until Thursday, June 28th. The leading vote-getters at each position start the game, as you know.

Cano to captain AL Homerun Derby squad

Thanks to his winning performance last year, Cano will serve as captain for this year’s AL Homerun Derby team. Matt Kemp will do the honors for the so-called Senior Circuit. Cano said he will again take his father Jose to pitch to him, and that he also plans to ask Granderson to participate. In addition to selecting the participants, Robbie and Kemp will also choose the charities they’ll be backing.

David Ortiz was the AL captain last year and I suspect Cano will invite him as a way to return the favor, so to speak. Assuming those two headline the squad, I’m hoping Yoenis Cespedes and Adam Dunn join them. It’s time to start bringing homerun hitters to the Homerun Derby, we want moonshots. Kemp said he’ll consider extending an invitation to Giancarlo Stanton, which is a no-brainer in my opinion. The Derby has gotten a little stale over the years, but it would be interesting to see guys like Cespedes and Stanton taking their hacks.

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2012 Draft: Day Three LiveBlog
Yankees Trimester Grades Are In
  • JonS

    Yoenis Cespedes as a HR hitter?

    • Gonzo

      He’s their ringer for the box jumping competition right before the HR derby.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    How about Josh Hamilton? Remember his Home Run Derby show from 2008?

    AL
    Cano
    Hamilton
    Papi
    Adam Dunn

    NL
    Kemp
    Stanton
    Duda
    Whoever

    • Tim Davis

      I think Hamilton already said no.

    • Rainbow Connection (futurely Dummies Playing With Balls)

      hamilton was asked to be captain before cano but declined because he didnt wanna do the derby at all. would be awesome to see it though.

  • AnthonyD

    Man I really hope Cano keeps a nice low profile like Ortiz did. It’s not all about him.

  • tom zig

    Ruasel Branyan would also be fun to watch at the derby. Thats the thing about the derby, not all good hitters are good displays at the derby.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Are you kidding me?

    Cruz over Cespedes.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    AL

    Cruz, Dunn, Cano, Ortiz (to return the favor)

    NL

    Kemp, Stanton, Braun, Upton

  • LiterallyFigurative

    I really don’t care who wins the derby, so much as who hits the sickest homer, or the most in one round.

  • Brian S.

    Please don’t do it Granderson…

  • Matt H

    Giancarlo Stanton and Justin Upton are among the top in baseball in hitting absolute moonshots. If those two guys are in the derby it will be well worth watching! The HR Derby used to be loaded with guys who could hit the ball 470 – 510 feet and beyond. Last years derby was weak. Stanton and Upton could reach the 500 ft mark in the derby if given the chance. Adam Dunn and Nelson Cruz as well!

  • http://www.deposit-methods.com/ Deposit-Methods

    I don’t want Cano to do it either. I would love to see Stanton and Cespedes. I want to see as much of Cespedes as I can. Still can’t believe he sign with the A’s. The rest of the field I could live with regardless of who it is.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Ryan

    If you want to see a legit hitter who could hit the ball easily over 500 feet, then you have to but yoenis cespedes in there! in his 3rd game of his major league career he hit the ball 464 feet!! hes 250+ pounds of pure muscle, that would be a show! He would also have well over 15 – 20 home runs if he didnt get hurt 3 times, and hes only a rookie! Hes the guy that we all need to watch, GO A’S!!