2013 MLB Home Run Derby

The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

Eight big-league sluggers will try to hit batting-practice speed baseballs out of Citi Field in New York Monday evening. Be entertained! You're supposed to be entertained!

The Home Run Derby is fun to attend in person. I know this because I attended last year's in Kansas City.

On TV, though... well, depending on how many homers are actually hit, it can be fun, or incessantly boring. (And you might want to mute Chris Berman.)

Thus I present to you the competitors in this year's Derby:

National League

David Wright, Mets (captain)
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
Bryce Harper, Nationals

American League

Robinson Cano, Yankees (captain)
Prince Fielder, Tigers
Chris Davis, Orioles
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics

MLB has solved last year's problem by having not one, but two New York players as participants (captains, no less) in the Derby. You might remember that last year, Cano was roundly booed for not including local Kansas City favorite Billy Butler on his team. I suspect in the future, at least one player from the host team will take part.

Most interesting this year will be Davis, who's leading the major leagues with 37 home runs. It's said that participating in the Derby can mess up your swing for the second half. That's entirely possible.

Enjoy the evening; the All-Star break is meant to be fun and a breather in the long baseball season. It starts at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN. Discuss, etc.

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