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08:31 AM ET 07.31 | There's a reason teams aren't excited about their players participating in the Home Run Derby. Entering the weekend, the eight hitters who participated in this month's All-Star Game event had batted.266 in the second half, with terrible power numbers (six homers in 368 at-bats). Robinson Cano, Adrian Gonzalez, Jose Bautista and Matt Holliday hadn't homered in a combined 187 at-bats.

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July 31, 2011  08:43 AM ET

The Home run derby is boring....

July 31, 2011  08:49 AM ET

That is not true any more. Adrian Gonzalez homered last night against the White Sox!!!!!!!!!

July 31, 2011  08:54 AM ET

Backbackbackbackbackbackback <seriously considers shooting Chris Berman>

July 31, 2011  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

That is not true any more. Adrian Gonzalez homered last night against the White Sox!!!!!!!!!

and in Chicago. Great reporting, Chicago Tribune.

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July 31, 2011  10:04 AM ET

Ouch.....

July 31, 2011  10:13 AM ET

Regression towards the mean

July 31, 2011  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Home run derby is boring....

it is and this story has been circulating for years....that's why you might as well just let pitchers hit in it if they insist on it....at least it would get over quicker

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July 31, 2011  11:42 AM ET

I'm not seeing the cause and effect here. Are they saying that the wear and tear of a few dozen swings is still impacting these hitters three weeks later?

July 31, 2011  12:07 PM ET

you never know what's coming until its coming!!

July 31, 2011  12:31 PM ET

the yankees being left out once again, last year they fail to land cliff lee, this year the yanks fail again when they try very hard to trade for ubaldo jimenez, i guess most of the teams who was interested on this pitcher doubt more than one time, and the biggest question was why its this club trying to trade his best player? does the rockies are hiden something about this player and they do want to get something in return before this player falls flat on his nose? well this player being traded to the indians for almost nothing and those too many if's mean nothnig to the tribe, because at the end this indians were the only one's who believe in the rockies offers!!!

July 31, 2011  12:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

the yankees being left out once again, last year they fail to land cliff lee, this year the yanks fail again when they try very hard to trade for ubaldo jimenez, i guess most of the teams who was interested on this pitcher doubt more than one time, and the biggest question was why its this club trying to trade his best player? does the rockies are hiden something about this player and they do want to get something in return before this player falls flat on his nose? well this player being traded to the indians for almost nothing and those too many if's mean nothnig to the tribe, because at the end this indians were the only one's who believe in the rockies offers!!!

Learn proper grammar.

July 31, 2011  12:33 PM ET

the phillies got a good deal by getting that outfielder for almost nothing!!

July 31, 2011  12:35 PM ET

the braves were able to pull late deal with the astros, as long this player its not a rental because if its then the braves will be the biggest losers!!

July 31, 2011  12:39 PM ET
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the braves were able to pull late deal with the astros, as long this player its not a rental because if its then the braves will be the biggest losers!!

Not really. They didn't give up any of their top pitching prospects to get Bourn. The Braves haven't had a good lead-off man in years.

This is a great deal.

July 31, 2011  01:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I'm not seeing the cause and effect here. Are they saying that the wear and tear of a few dozen swings is still impacting these hitters three weeks later?

Totally concur. There are more than a few MLBers who put on a HR derby show during batting practice every single night. Remember the shows, back in the day, that Kittle, Luzinski and Fisk used to put on nightly? Or how about McGwire and Conseco. People used to show up just to see batting practice. This whole HR Derby thing is a crock.

July 31, 2011  01:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

That is not true any more. Adrian Gonzalez homered last night against the White Sox!!!!!!!!!

yes, your logic is astounding

July 31, 2011  01:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Not really. They didn't give up any of their top pitching prospects to get Bourn. The Braves haven't had a good lead-off man in years. This is a great deal.

Not to mention Bourn's got one more year before he's a FA. It was worth the wait. As much as I like Schafer, the best case scenario for him is to be as good as Michael Bourn. So, why not have Michael Bourn for sure? I've never even heard these prospects mentioned. They're certainly not Tyler Pastornicky, Julio Teheran, Mike Minor, Arodys Vizcaino, Matt Lipka, Brandon Beachy, Randall Delgado or any of the ones we know about. The guys they traded are second tier prospects who are stuck behind some top tier guys. This is a steal!

 
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