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Writer’s Roundtable – Home Run Derby Predictions

The 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby is tonight (8 p.m. on ESPN); live from Target Field in Minneapolis. MLB.com explained the new format to this year’s Derby:

…featuring 10 players who will get seven outs per round, with bracketed play after the first round.Five players from each league will bat in the opening round, with seven outs instead of the previous ten. The player who hits the most homers in each league will automatically receive a bye to the third round (semifinals). The next two players from each league with the most homers will square off against one another in a head-to-head matchup in the second round.The winners of these matchups will advance to the third round to compete against the league’s top seed. The final round will feature the winners of the American and National League semifinals going head-to-head to determine the winner of the event, won last year at Citi Field by Yoenis Cespedes of the A’s.

It means a player who has an unconscious first round — and thus a serious workout — will have a nice breather by sitting out the second round.

National League:
Captain: Troy Tulowitzki – COL – 21 HR
Giancarlo Stanton – MIA – 21 HR
Todd Frazier – CIN – 19 HR
Justin Morneau – COL – 13 HR
Yasiel Puig –LAD – 12 HR

American League:
Captain: Jose Bautista – TOR – 17 HR
Josh Donaldson – OAK – 20 HR
Brian Dozier – MIN – 18 HR
Adam Jones – BAL – 16 HR
Yoenis Cespedes – OAK – 14 HR

Our Picks:

Don McGettigan – Jose Bautista over Yasiel Puig
Pat Egan – Giancarlo Stanton over Brian Dozier
Pat Gallen – Giancarlo Stanton over Josh Donaldson
Ian Riccaboni – Yoenis Cespedes
Jon Nisula – Giancarlo Stanton over Yoenis Cespedes
Alex Lee – Justin Morneau over Yasiel Puig
R.C. Cowie – Josh Donaldson over Giancarlo Stanton

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Hogey's Role

    July 14, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    My boy, yoenis cespedes over Giancarlo Stanton

  2. Lefty

    July 14, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    back back back back back- I’ll try to watch it on mute.

    No prediction, but I’ll root for the hometown kid Dozier

    • Chuck A.

      July 14, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      That Chris Berman schtick is way too old.

      • photoFred

        July 14, 2014 at 7:48 pm

        Ancient, ossified…and unfunny.

  3. bacardipr05

    July 15, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Y wasnt Byrd included?

  4. Bob D

    July 15, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Revere should have been in HR Derby. He hit one already this year and it went over the fence

    • Lefty

      July 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      He could hit as many as Puig did last night.

  5. Don M

    July 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    So Ian Riccaboni correctly predicted that Cespedes would repeat as champ – big deal…

  6. bacardipr05

    July 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    With a few right moves this team still could of been a contender just a travesty..

    • schmenkman

      July 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Just curious — what would be the few right moves that could add 10 or 15 wins?

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