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Fielder, Ortiz named Home Run Derby captains

Posted on: June 30, 2011 6:17 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 12:31 am
By Matt Snyder

Prince Fielder of the Brewers will be the NL captain in the Home Run Derby on All-Star Monday night while David Ortiz gets the call as the AL captain. Now, don't fret if you had no idea there was a such thing as captain of the Derby teams, because this is a new wrinkle for the 2011 Home Run Derby. And it's not just an honorary title, either, as Fielder and Ortiz will be personally extending invitations to other players from their respective league to join them in the Derby, filling out two teams of four. All major leaguers are eligible, not just players who are named to the All-Star team (

Fielder was the 2009 winner of the Home Run Derby while Ortiz was the 2010 winner. Fielder currently has 21 home runs, while Ortiz has 17.

Don't be surprised to see each add a teammate to the competition, even if they don't have the highest homer totals this season. Ryan Braun and Adrian Gonzalez both have 16 home runs, so it's possible we'll see two Brewers and two Red Sox, though not a given. Some other candidates for the American League will be: Jose Bautista, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Paul Konerko, Nelson Cruz, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Quentin, Josh Hamilton and Adam Lind. On the NL side, here are a few candidates: Matt Kemp, Lance Berkman, Jay Bruce, Carlos Pena, Ryan Howard, Mike Stanton, Michael Morse, Troy Tulowitzki, Matt Holliday and Arizona's Justin Upton.

In addition to an individual championship, the two teams will be competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity from both Major League Baseball and State Farm, the event's sponsor. The charity of the winning team's captain will receive $150,000, and $100,000 will be awarded to the Boys & Girls Club of America in the winning captain's name. The charity of the losing team's captain will get $25,000.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:54 am

Fielder, Ortiz named Home Run Derby captains

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Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:58 pm

Fielder, Ortiz named Home Run Derby captains

Jose Bautista will reign king at the derby, and then for the season... too bad the jays play in the AL east 

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2011 8:39 pm

Fielder, Ortiz named Home Run Derby captains

Gee I hope the derby is as good as it was last year! (yes I am being sarcastic).

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