Major League Baseball’s 2014 Home Run Derby takes place tonight. It’ll include a new bracket format, lots of Chris Berman yelling, and 10 of the best power hitters in the world. Even among this talented group, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton stands out.
Stanton and Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki are tied for the home run lead among derby participants with 21 apiece. But Stanton’s homers have averaged more than 423 feet according to ESPN’s Home Run Tracker — the farthest in the league and 25 feet farther than Tulowitzki’s.
While moon-shots may be impressive, in the Derby they’re worth no more than homers that barely squeak over the outfield fence. Oakland’s relatively-underpowered Yoenis Cespedes won last year’s Derby, with 32 home runs. They might not have gone far, but they got the job done.
Here are the 2014 Home Run Derby participants:
Jose Bautista - Toronto Blue Jays
Brian Dozier - Minnesota Twins
Adam Jones - Baltimore Orioles
Yoenis Cespedes - Oakland Athletics
Josh Donaldson - Oakland Athletics
Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies
Todd Fraizer - Cincinnati Reds
Yasiel Puig - Los Angeles Dodgers
Giancarlo Stanton - Miami Marlins
Justin Morneau - Colorado Rockies