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Who I’d Like to See in the 2016 Home Run Derby

The 2016 MLB Home Run Derby is exactly one month away, and I’m already excited. Although the official All-Star game is the must-see event in the mind of many baseball fans of what has become a three-day spectacle, for me, the Home Run Derby is the most thrilling of all the events.

With the rules of the derby being changed last year back to just eight players, and with hitters going up against a clock instead of ten outs, many baseball fans had a negative reaction to the change, but I truly liked it. I feel that it made things more fun to watch overall, and should do so again this time around. This year, the derby is taking place at Petco Park in San Diego. Not known as a hitters’ park, it should be interesting to see how the derby goes, but the players I chose each have no trouble hitting a ball out of any ballpark.

I picked my players based on four specific chriteria per league: I chose the current league leader, a rookie, an under-the-radar power hitter, and a personal selection. By choosing guys with a lot of power, but also by selecting a wide range of players, I think the players I went with for the American League and National League would make for a fantastic 2016 Home Run Derby.

American League

Mark Trumbo: After having a somewhat subpar season by his standards in 2015, Trumbo has exploded back onto the scene this season, becoming the first player to reach the 20-homer mark in early June. Having the most home runs in the American League, in addition to his tremendous power and ability to hit numerous blasts, Trumbo was the easiest pick of the American League half of things.

Nomar Mazara: This time last year, the majority of baseball fans had never even heard of Nomar Mazara. However, more and more fans are hearing of him now. Mazara holds unbelievable power, and should have the platform to show it off at the home run derby this year. Being a rookie, it would certainly bring interest into the derby, as fans look to see how the young star-in-the-making fares.

Khris Davis: Baltimore’s Chris Davis has been known for his power for quite some time now, but the Athletics’ own Khris Davis (with a ‘K’) isn’t far behind in that department. Originally a member of the Brewers, Davis has been on a tear ever since switching teams, and has shown off his power on numerous occasions this season. I feel that he needs to be one of the players in the derby this year.

Nelson Cruz: There are a lot of different ways this pick could have gone, and I spent a great amount of time debating it in my mind, but I wound up landing on Cruz. Known simply as the ‘Boomstick’, Cruz carries a ton of power in his bat, and would be some major competition for the National League side to compete with. Playing his home games at Safeco Field, Cruz is used to hitting at pitcher-friendly parks, and would do well at Petco.

National League

Nolan Arenado: There’s no doubt that Arenado has power to burn, tying for the most homers in all of baseball last season with 42, and well on his way to reaching that mark yet again. By playing in Colorado, Arenado doesn’t get the attention that he would if he were to be playing in a larger market, but he’s leading the National League in homers yet again and it would be a disservice to the event if Arenado didn’t participate.

Corey Seager: When Corey Seager came up at the final portion of last season and put on a hitting show, you could immediately tell that all of the hype was warranted, which hasn’t always been the case historically. This season, he’s done nothing but improve upon that hype, in this still his rookie year. Having a three-homer game earlier this season, the power is definitely there for Seager, and I think he’d do well in the derby.

Wil Myers: Injuries have plagued Myers over the course of his career, but without putting a jinx on him, it looks like Myers in on the verge of a major breakout season. Although he was once a consensus top-five prospect, I don’t feel he’s getting the attention he deserves. The derby would allow for that, in addition to his participation giving the hometown fans someone to root for, like Todd Frazier in Cincinnati last year.

Yoenis Cespedes: A home run derby without Cespedes just wouldn’t be the same after seeing what he’s capable of in previous derby spectacles. For that reason, I chose him as my fourth pick to take part in the derby. While Cespedes has struggled at time this season following a red hot start, he has the ability to put on an absolute show for both number of homers and distance in which he hits them, making him worthy of selection.

So, those are my picks for who I’d like to see in the 2016 Home Run Derby down at Petco Park on July 11th. Odds are that not all of them will be selected, but I truly hoped the majority of them are in the derby. It would make the Home Run Derby very exciting to watch, in my opinion.

Heath Bell Twitter Ticket Contest

GOOD NEWS: I won two tickets to Saturday’s Padres game versus the Diamond backs courtesy of Heath Bell.

BAD NEWS: I can’t attend the game.

Before I get started let me point out that I thought I would be able to attend Saturday’s game. I wouldn’t of participated if I didn’t think I could make it. I thought I could. Okay. Now that I’ve got that out of the way, keep reading………

It all started at midnight on May 6th, when Heath Bell tweeted the following tweet:

Okay everybody. New ticket contest in five minutes…..for Friday and Saturdays games.

I figured, “what the heck.” It wasn’t like I was going to win. (HA!) So when Heath tweeted his next tweet……

Name my favorite Actor and Actress….Actor=2 tix for Fridays game and Actress=2 tix for Saturday. Get both, win both……..GO!

……I had no hesitation in trying to guess the answers.

I tried to guess actors that were well known. But alas, had only given two guesses when Heath tweeted again:

We have a winner for Actor….no one’s gotten Actress yet though.

Oh well. At least I tried. I was about to give up and let the other tweeps keep guessing but I decided to stay in and guess some actresses. My first guess:

Helen Hunt.

My second guess:

Ashley Judd.

Thirty seconds after I guessed Ashley Judd, the following tweet appeared on Heath’s twitter page:

We have a winner!

Hmmm……

Then the unthinkable happened. Heath tweeted one last time with the winners twitter names. (I’m @M_2012H by the way.) And the results were…….

Congrats to @NickLee51 and @M_2012H for being the first to guess Tom Hanks and Ashley Judd!

Yeah. I WON! WHOOOOOOOOO! But no. I checked my schedule and CRAAAP. There was absolutely NO way I could attend. It didn’t help my state when Heath sent me a DM. It read:

Hey dude…Congrats! I owe you 2 tix for tomorrow nights game. Shoot me a msg back with your full name as it appears on ur drivers lic.

Correction by Heath:

Actually your 2 tix are for Saturdays game.

I let Heath know that I probably wouldn’t be able to attend. His response:

Hope you can go. The tix will be there but you have to let me know what name to leave them under.

Then:

If you know you can’t go I’ll give them to the 2nd person to guess Ashley Judd….let me know.

I guess that’s fair. I mean, if I came in second and the first place winner couldn’t go I’d want the tickets to go straight to me. But it still doesn’t make me any less upset over the situation. Well, at least I’ll always be able to brag, “I once won a twitter contest from Padres closer Heath Bell.” How many people can say that? Sigh………

UPDATE!!!!

I let Heath know 100% for sure today that I wouldn’t be able to attend Saturday’s game. His response:

Thanks. Since you can’t go tomorrow let me know which game you want to go to and I’ll leave you 2 tix. Just give me at least a days notice.

That’s right! Heath will give me two free tickets to the home game of my choice. I probably won’t be able to get out to CA until the summer, but I’m definitely going now!

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