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Home Run Derby Contestants

Home Run Derby Contestants

Tune into ESPN tonight at 8PM ET to see the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby. Bobby Abreu won the Home Run Derby back in 2005 at Comerica Park, so I don’t see why Nick Swisher can’t win it today. Abreu’s 162-Game HR average is 21, while Swisher’s is 28. Anything can happen in these competitions. Let’s Go Swisher!

Sam Borden at The LoHud Yankees Blog breaks down the history of Yankees who competed in the derby over the years. Be sure to check it out.

Back, back, back, back, back… Gone!

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From Sweeny Murti of WFAN (Via Twitter):

“Nick Swisher will compete in HR Derby.”

I guess the Yankees aren’t worried about Swisher’s swing..only Cano’s. Chris Young was also a late addition to the contest, according to Chad Jennings. This will be the Yankees first representative in the derby since Jason Giambi competed back in 2003. Now, Yankees fans will have a reason to tune in.

Update: 7:30PM ET: According to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, Swisher contacted Girardi, Long and Cashman before afreeing to participate in the derby.

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Via Twitter: Mark Feinsand (BloggingBombers):

“Source tells Daily News that Robinson Cano has pulled out of Home Run Derby due to minor back injury”

I wonder what this means. Is this Kevin Long’s way of getting him out of the derby? I don’t know. There’s been some uproar about how the derby could change his swing, so it’ll be interesting to see how this story unfolds.

Update: 5:05PM ET: Cashman confirms the report.  “The minor back injury has not been previously reported, though the Daily News’ report indicates that he’s been receive treatment for two or three days.”

Update: 6:45PM ET: Cano still in the HR Derby? “Robinson Cano said no one has told him that he’s pulling out of the Home Run Derby. As far as he knows he’s still going. His back has been stiff, but not bad. He was told today he’s just getting a regular day off.”

Update: 6:50PM ET: Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger says: “Just texted Cashman; says Cano is out.” & “Girardi says Cano is out.”

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From the Yankees Official Website:

OAKLAND — Robinson Cano seems to flick batting-practice home runs with ease no matter where the Yankees travel, so it should be no stretch for him to step to the plate in next Monday’s State Farm Home Run Derby.

The real challenge for Cano may come in convincing the Yankees that the homer-hitting exhibition at Angel Stadium won’t affect his chances of continuing his strong start in the second half of the regular season.

“I understand the most important thing for me is the second half and the team,” Cano said. “I’m going to go out there and have fun, and not mess up my swing.”

Cano said that he was “honored” to be included among the first six Major Leaguers who have committed to participating in the Home Run Derby. The 27-year-old’s left-handed stroke produced 16 homers through 82 games for New York this season.


“I would prefer that he’s not involved in it, but that’s not my decision,” Long said. “It’s just an exhausting process. It takes a lot out of you. It’s taxing. You see guys come back after the home run-hitting contest, and it affects their swing.”

“I know different guys have different opinions on it,” Rodriguez said. “The way Robbie is swinging the bat, I don’t think anything can affect him. … Hit them far — very far. Have fun. He’s a young kid. Why not? I’ll be watching him.”

“I’m not going to just hit the balls farther or anything like that,” Cano said. “I’m just going out there and I’ll swing like I swing in BP. I’m not trying to do too much and mess up my swing.”

Do you guys buy into the idea that participating in the home run derby messes up a players’ swing? What do you guys think?

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