As we get closer to Midsummer Classic, the basic fun fact of this All-Star Game becomes more prominent in the mind: this thing is in Colorado. The T-Mobile Home Run Derby will be ridiculous. I’ve always thought they should at least consider hosting the Home Run Derby in Denver every year, no matter where the actual game is. This is certainly a bad idea for a variety of reasons, but you can understand the appeal of it.
This is one more reason to appreciate This years. So today we look at the player from each team who would be the ideal Home Run Derby participant. Of course, not everyone here will be able to be a part of it. But they would all be great. And who is there for a 30-player tournament at Coors Field? The more, the better!
Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
He was runner-up behind Pete Alonso at the last Home Run Derby in 2019, and he was just as impressive as Pete. It just looks like it has a real chance of being discussed in this HRD in Denver the way we talk about Ken Griffey Jr. at last one in Denver.
Orioles: Trey Mancini
Every Home Run Derby needs a cheeky fan favorite, and there is no more ideal candidate for this position than Mancini.
Spokes: Randy Arozarena
He’s not the best home run hitter on this team, but he’s the player everyone remembers from last postseason and we definitely know he can have a streak.
Yankees: Giancarlo Stanton
Injuries or not, chances are no one has ever hit a ball stronger and farther than Stanton. (And yes, Aaron Judge is also an acceptable answer here.)
Cleveland: José Ramirez
We still think he should do half of his swings with his left hand and half with his right hand.
Royals: Jorge Soler
Crime has dropped dramatically over the past couple of years, but the raw, genuine power is still there.
Twins: Nelson Cruz
He’s forty and still crushing the Dingers.
White Sox: José Abreu
We will have to wait until next year for Eloy Jiménez or Luis Robert.
A: Matt Olson
His teammate and mate Matt – Chapman – has been in the Derby before, but Olson, the real Matts hitter, never did.
Astros: Yordan Alvarez
He hasn’t shown up this season, but it wouldn’t really be surprising if he hit 45 homers one of these years.
Sailors: Mitch Haniger
Seeing Haniger healthy and raking was one of the pure joys of this season for the Mariners.
Rangers: Adolis Garcia
The most surprising story of the Rangers season, and perhaps the best thing they have achieved going forward.
Marlin: Jazz Chisholm Jr.
It has amazing power from its frame, and it would be a blast to see it flaunt it in a venue like this.
Internationals: Juan Soto
An event like the Derby no really captures what Soto does best, but he definitely shows off one of his many, many skills.
Brewer: Christian Yelich
Maybe the derby will bring Yelich’s swing back to home run?
Cardinals: Tyler O’Neill
With the same sheer power as anyone else in the majors, O’Neill could make the Derby his perfect debut party as a hitter.
Puppies: Javier Báez
Would this help him enter free will or would it harm him?
Pirates: Ke’Bryan Hayes
They may want to wait until he’s got a full year behind him, but at some point you’ll absolutely see him in this event.
Rossi: Nick Castellanos
He would find a way to pump the crowd, antagonize them, or both.
D-backs: Eduardo Escobar
Did you have any idea that Escobar had hit so many home runs this year (15)? I confess, I absolutely did not.
Dodgers: Albert Pujols
Obviously, there are many, many players to choose from here. Really. Wouldn’t that be fun?
Fathers: Fernando Tatis Jr.
It is Vlad Jr. or he who is providing the Griffey Jr. moment here.
Rockies: Ryan McMahon
If you have a boyfriend from your hometown, you might as well pick the one Rockie currently in double digits in homer.