Desert Derby

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Tonight is the League’s annual showcase of the Long Ball.  This year’s participants were chosen by American League Captain and 2010 Home-Run Derby Champion, David Ortiz and National League Captain and the 2009 Derby Champion, Prince Fielder.  Ortiz chose an all AL East squad of his Boston teammate Adrian Gonzalez, New York’s Robinson Cano, and the Major League leader in Home Runs (31) Toronto’s Jose Bautista.  Matt Holliday of St Louis, Matt Kemp of Los Angeles and Fielder’s Milwaukee teammate Rickie Weeks will represent the National League.  While a few of the Major League’s most productive sluggers are absent, particularly the Yankee’s duo of Curtis Granderson (25) and Mark Teixeira (25), the eight participants tonight are no offensive slouches.

Home Runs (Blue), Hits (Orange), RBIs (Green)

Bautista has been putting up stellar offensive number in the Rogers Centre and on the road, leading the Majors in both home and road home runs.  Interestingly, the Boston duo of Ortiz and Gonzalez have been more offensively productive outside of Fenway Park so for in 2011.

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The great news for the participates, and the fans, is that Chase Field is one of the most hitter friendly parks in the Majors with a Home-Run Park Factor of 1.293.  Hopefully for the fan’s sake, sorry participates, Chase Field’s retraceable roof stays open tonight for the contest so we can see many balls soar into the stands.

See how the sluggers are hitting

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