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Report: Pujols Open To Final Home Run Dery Appearance

Jun 30, 2015 7:50 AM

Albert Pujols would welcome the opportunity to participate in this year's Gillette Home Run Derby if voted into the All-Star Game, according to a report.

"I think it would be the last one," the nine-time All-Star said.

Pujols, who leads the American League with 23 home runs, has participated in the event on three occasions, most recently in 2009.


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, All-Star, Misc Rumor

All-Star HR Derby To Feature Brackets, Clock

Jun 29, 2015 12:39 AM

MLB has overhauled its Gillette Home Run Derby format for this year's All-Star festivities, switching to a more streamlined approach that features brackets and timed rounds.

MLB will use a single-elimination tournament for the eight-player contest in which there is no out limit and the loser of each bracket is immediately knocked out, according to the press release.

Tags: All-Star, Misc Rumor

Cabrera Overtakes Hosmer In All-Star Voting

Jun 22, 2015 8:18 PM

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has overtaken Kansas City's Eric Hosmer in the latest results of All-Star fan voting, leaving seven Royals on track to start the game next month.

The leads of Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and designated hitter Kendrys Morales also narrowed in numbers released Monday.

Major League Baseball says the record for the most starters from one team is held by the 1939 New York Yankees with six, including Joe DiMaggio.

Associated Press

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Giancarlo Stanton Willing To Participate In Derby If Asked

Jun 20, 2015 3:16 PM

Giancarlo Stanton will participate in the 2015 Home Run Derby if he's asked.

"If I'm asked, I'll do it," he said Friday.

Stanton, the majors' home run leader at 25, was ousted in an upset by Todd Frazier in last year's derby semifinals, with Yoenis Cespedes winning the title for the second straight year. 

Stanton, who has hit four home runs in his past 10 games, went deep twice in 10 at-bats over three games last season in Cincinnati. He went homerless in each of the prior two seasons in the two road series, which totaled seven games.

"I find myself trying to make too much of the little park in previous years," Stanton told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Last year I finally calmed down a little bit when I'm here. You get super-excited and by the time your three games are up, you have no homers and nothing hit to the wall. Then your next series you hit five balls that would have been out here -- that's what I feel like I used to do. I've kind of calmed it down a little bit."


Tags: Miami Marlins, All-Star

Cespedes Isn't Sure If He'll Defend Home Run Derby Title

Jun 19, 2015 2:47 PM

Yoenis Cespedes has won the last two Home Run Derby titles, but isn't sure if he'll try for a third.

"Still thinking about it," Cespedes said, "but it'll depend on making the All-Star Game."

He won the 2013 title without being part of the American League All-Star team. He was a first-time All-Star at last year's event in Minnesota and won again.

Cespedes stood sixth among AL outfielders as of the most recent ballot results earlier this week.

Jason Beck/MLB

Tags: Detroit Tigers, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Manfred Open To Changing All-Star Voting System

Jun 17, 2015 6:50 AM

Rob Manfred says it's too early to be worried about results of fan voting for next month's All-Star Game but noted his office is open to change if the system proves flawed.

The latest updated voting totals in the American League, released Monday, have eight players from the Kansas City Royals in line to start the July 14 game in Cincinnati. The NL voting totals, released Tuesday, have Nori Aoki of the San Francisco Giants third among outfielders. Aoki was a member of the Royals last season.

"We have 16 days left. Lots of years we've worried about lots of things in respect to fan voting but in general over time fans have done a pretty good job, so we'll see how it all turns out," Manfred said.

"What I would say is I hope over time that what people come to think about the commissioner's office is when we have a situation such as this -- this is one example -- that we are responsive and open to change if in fact it appears we get a result that is not consistent with the goals of the system that is currently in place."

The debate over just how much say the fans should have has increased in recent weeks with Royals players dominating the balloting.


Tags: Kansas City Royals, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Kris Bryant: HR Derby 'Would Be Pretty Cool'

Jun 4, 2015 7:32 AM

Kris Bryant would be a willing participant in next month's Home Run Derby.

"Absolutely, but we're not at that point yet," the Chicago Cubs rookie third baseman said. "I still have a lot of work to do to get to that point. But if that comes up, that would be pretty cool."

Entering Wednesday, Bryant had seven home runs.

Bryant won the home run derby contest last season at the Double-A Southern League All-Star Game en route to 43 regular-season home runs and being named minor league player of the year.

"For myself and my swing, I think I like to hit balls in the air anyway, and you need to do that for the Home Run Derby so my swing won't be that much different," he said.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, All-Star, Misc Rumor