The 2014 Home run Derby is getting a face lift this year. A new bracket style format will help to decide the winner and keep the pace of the competition moving. The brackets will produce a final that will pit the best hitter from the NL team vs. the AL team.
There are 10 participants in the 2014 home run derby this year, 5 from each league. Two captains, Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays and Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies, personally selected the participants along with a little help from fan voting.
Here are the participants with their 2014 home run totals
Regular Season HRs
|AL||Jose Bautista||Blue Jays||17|
This years derby location, Target Field in Minnesota is definitely not a hitters park. But the spacious dimensions of Target Field doesn’t worry National League captain Troy Tulowitzki.
“[Target Field] is not the best place to hit home runs,” Tulowitzki said. “But I don’t think it matters for some of these guys. They can hit it out of any park.”
There are two interesting players to watch in this years Derby and they are both in the National League. Giancarlo Stanton has one of the best power strokes in the game. Most fans agree their isn’t a park he can hit the ball out of. Target Field will be a solid test of Stanton’s power setting up the possibility of a legendary performance.
Troy Tulowitzki has always been known for power but his reputation as a home run hitter has taken a little bit of a dip for playing in dinger friendly Coors field. Tulowitzski can prove to critics that his power is legit by performing well in the American Leagues largest park.
Detroit Jock City Predictions National League Champion- Troy Tulowitzki will emerge as the champion from the National League bracket after defeating Giancarlo Stnaton in the Semi-finals. American League Champion – Yeonis Cepedes will emerge from the American League bracket to defend his championship. Home run Derby Champion – Troy Tulowitzki will finally silence the critics who dismiss his home run totals because of thin air in Colorado.