The Miami Marlins are continuing their internal search for their best candidate for the 2013 All-Star Game, but when it comes to the Home Run Derby, the selections are far less strict regarding the need for deserving numbers. Unlike the voting involved in the All-Star Game and the desire to include players who are stars and those who have had nice first halves, the Derby is selected by one individual player. This year, David Wright of the New York Mets will captain the National League team while Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees selects for the American League squad.
If Wright were to call, Stanton would be interested.
Asked if he would want to compete in the Home Run Derby, Stanton on Wednesday gave an immediate "of course."
Stanton seems more than open to competing in the Home Run Derby for the first time in his career, and his odds are surprisingly not bad. Stanton was slated to play in last year's Derby, but his knee injury kept him out of the game, as he missed all of July recovering from the surgery to remove "loose bodies" from his knee. Stanton has missed significant playing time this season as well, but if he were to remain healthy heading into July, it would be a nice nod to a fellow NL East star who fell on hard times last season if Wright were to select him for the game.
Perhaps more importantly, however, is that Stanton deserves to be in the game if we were to compare "power" tools with the other National League competitors. Guys like Domonic Brown, Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki, and Paul Goldschmidt all have impressive power, but very few players can hold a candle to Stanton's elite power. Since Stanton debuted in 2010, he is the league leader among qualified players in home runs per fly ball (HR/FB) rate, pacing the next best player by three percent. Marlins fans have had the privilege of getting to watch those home runs, but if Wright picks Stanton for the Derby, the whole country will be able to catch a glimpse of his immense power.
David Wright has free reign to select any players from the National League for the honor of playing in the Home Run Derby. It would be completely understandable if he selected some of the league's current home run leaders, but it would be a nice gesture for him to select Stanton to make up for his missed Derby last year. Stanton is both willing and able and more than deserving from a pure power standpoint to represent the National League in the Home Run Derby.