Hanley Ramirez finally decided to participate in the Home Run Derby.
Swinging for the fences won't mess up Hanley Ramirez.
At least that is the opinion of the Marlins shortstop, who confirmed on Friday that indeed he would compete in Monday's Home Run Derby.
A concern for competitors in the Derby is it might throw their swings off.
Messing up swings has happened in the past, example: the Bobby Abreu disaster. When players deviate from their normal swing and start doing a upper cut swing to drive the balls out, this can be troublesome. If they are successful in doing so, they get a bunch of repetitions at the upper cut swing and it can screw up what they do normally for some time. However, recently the hitters have done a better job of letting the batting practice pitchers know the place in the zone where they are most likely to hit home runs with their natural swing. And this has seemed to work out. Hopefully, Hanley competing in the competition shouldn't cause much of a problem, if any. As long as he is smart about it, and I think he will be.