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Jones bows out in second round of 2014 Home Run Derby

Posted on 14 July 2014 by Luke Jones

Taking part in the first Home Run Derby of his career, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones advanced to the second round before bowing out in the 2014 competition at Target Field in Minnesota on Monday night.

The four-time All-Star selection hit four homers in the first round to advance in the new tournament format before falling short against Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who hit nine homers to advance to take on Toronto’s Jose Bautista in the third round. Jones hit three in the second round after Cespedes put up the impressive number, but two laser shots hooked foul, which didn’t help the Baltimore outfielder’s effort.

Cespedes would go on to win the competition for the second year in a row, besting Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier in the finals.

“The #HRDerby is legit,” Jones wrote on his official Twitter account after being eliminated. “Great experience and had a blast. All in the fun of the game.”

Teammate and injured catcher Matt Wieters brought a sports drink to Jones at one point during his second round at the plate, but the energy boost wasn’t enough to get him to the semifinals.

Orioles bullpen catcher Jett Ruiz pitched to Jones in the competition as the 28-year-old was trying to join Cal Ripken in 1991 and Miguel Tejada in 2004 as the only Baltimore players to win the Home Run Derby.

Jones is hitting .301 with 16 home runs and 54 runs batted in this season and will bat seventh behind Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz in the American League starting lineup for Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

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Eric Davis says Derby concerns for Adam Jones real because event is too long

Posted on 11 July 2014 by WNST Audio

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Jones named to American League team for Home Run Derby

Posted on 08 July 2014 by Luke Jones

Two days after being named to his fourth All-Star team, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has decided to take part in the 2014 Home Run Derby at Target Field in Minnesota.

Manager Buck Showalter told reporters prior to Tuesday’s game against the Washington Nationals that the 28-year-old asked for permission to take part in the exhibition. Teammate Nelson Cruz declined an invitation to participate in the derby despite leading the major leagues with 28 home runs entering Tuesday.

Jones is tied for 12th in the American League with his 16 homers and is currently on pace to finish the 2014 season with 29, which would be four shy of his career high a season ago. He was selected to this year’s All-Star Game along with Cruz and injured catcher Matt Wieters.

The Orioles will be sending a representative to the power-hitting competition for the second straight year after Chris Davis participated at Citi Field in New York last season. Over the years, critics have pointed to the derby’s negative impact on hitters as Davis hit only 16 home runs in the second half last year after entering the Midsummer Classic with 37 homers in his first 95 games of the 2013 season.

Jones will try to become the third Orioles hitter to win the Home Run Derby after Cal Ripken won in 1991 and Miguel Tejada was victorious in 2004. Other Baltimore players to take part in the competition include Eddie Murray, Brady Anderson, B.J. Surhoff, and Rafael Palmeiro.

The 2014 Home Run Derby will take place on Monday night. The American League squad will be comprised of captain Jose Bautista, Yoenis Cespedes, Brian Dozier, and Jones, and another player to be named on Thursday. The National League team includes captain Troy Tulowitzki, Yasiel Puig, Giancarlo Stanton, and Todd Frazier. One more player will be named to each side on Thursday.

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Orioles' Chris Davis Finishes Fourth in 2013 Home Run Derby

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Orioles’ Chris Davis Finishes Fourth in 2013 Home Run Derby

Posted on 15 July 2013 by danciarrocchi

Chris Davis may have outslugged all of major league baseball through the first half of the season, but that momentum wasn’t enough to win the 2013 Home Run Derby.

That isn’t to say Davis put on a performance to scoff at. His eight first-round home runs were enough to advance to the second round, however just four home runs from that point on were not enough to reach the finals. Those spots were earned by Washington’s Bryce Harper and Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes, with Cespedes besting Harper 9-8.

Davis made the most of his 12 total home runs, as the longest traveled 461 feet and raised his average distance to 415 feet on the night.  His home run total was the most an Oriole hit since 2004 when Miguel Tejada won the event with 27 total home runs and a round-high of 15.

Though Davis led the majors with 37 home runs at the break, his invitation to the Home Run Derby didn’t come without criticism.

Hometown fans grew concerned that an event like the derby could disrupt Davis’ swing, or perhaps tire him out as he gets readyfor the season’s homestretch. The latter isn’t likely to happen, especially considering Davis normally takes 60 swings each batting practice session and at one point took about 200. Davis took just 32 swings Tuesday night, and derby champion Cespedes took 57 swings.

But the heaviest criticisms came on the heels of suspicions of P.E.D. use, which has been directed toward him most of the season. But this isn’t just unique to Davis, as it seems to follow everyone who is amid a breakout season. It happened with Toronto’s Jose Bautista, who hit 54 home runs in 2010, and it’s happening today with Davis despite only clean test results to date.

“I understand it comes with the territory,” Davis told WNST’s Nestor Aparicio. “I mean, I get tested just like everyone else. I’ve been tested a number of times this year. Time will tell. That’s basically what I have on my side right now.”

What Davis also has on his side is history, because it’s not as if his power numbers are from out of nowhere. His scouting report has always touted massive power potential, and in addition to his 33 home runs in 2012 and his 21 in part-time duty during 2009 , he also logged 36 in just 129 games of minor-league ball in the 2007 season. The 2013 season isn’t so much an anomaly, but a culmination of what he’s worked for thus far. Adjustments in preparation and approach have led to a better familiarization of the strike zone.

With 66 games remaining on the Orioles’ schedule, Davis still has time to rack-up even more staggering numbers. And as long as that progresses, it seems as though he’ll always face these unfounded accusations.

But like most of the baseball world, that hasn’t stopped Davis from giving himself his due.

“I celebrate it all the time,” he said. “I don’t think it’s anything you have to hang your head about. I think if you’re proud of it and if you have nothing to hide, you should celebrate it.”

MORE: Nestor Asks Chris Davis About P.E.D. Accusations and Testing

Baltimore’s Next Sports Media Superstar contestant Dan Ciarrocchi is an editor of Hogs Haven, an SB Nation website. He also contributes to the fantasy football section of Pro Football Focus and covered Towson University baseball for two years at The Towerlight.

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Davis bows out in second round of Home Run Derby

Posted on 15 July 2013 by Luke Jones

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Orioles first baseman Chris Davis entered the All-Star break as the leading home run hitter in the major leagues, but his immense power came up short in Monday’s Home Run Derby.

After hitting eight home runs in the opening round to advance to the semifinals, his four home runs weren’t enough to land him in the finals at Citi Field in New York. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, a callus on Davis’ right hand broke open during his second round at the plate, causing him to change batting gloves, but the 27-year-old didn’t appear to overdo it as many fans had feared and downplayed the cut following the competition.

As you’d expect, several of Davis’ home runs went to the opposite field and his longest home run traveled an estimated 461 feet, according to ESPN. His eight home runs in the first round were tied for second with Washington’s Bryce Harper as Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes put on a first-round show with 17 home runs. Michael Cuddyer of the Colorado Rockies was the fourth competitor to advance to the second round before Cespedes and Harper advanced to the championship round.

Cespedes prevailed over the 20-year-old Harper in the finals.

Davis tied Reggie Jackson’s American League record by clubbing 37 home runs prior to the All-Star break, which fell later this year than it typically does in most seasons. The Baltimore slugger is on pace to hit 62 homers this season, which would break Roger Maris’ AL record of 61 set in 1961.

He will bat in the cleanup spot for the AL in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

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Bovada makes Davis favorite to win Home Run Derby

Posted on 15 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).


“Since Chris Davis hit his 37th Home Run last night we have been seeing increased action on him overnight and throughout the day and have now made him the favorite to win the Derby tonight at 11/4. Defending champ Prince Fielder, comes next at 15/4 in terms of money being put down while Michael Cuddyer has drifted to 12-1 and we cannot write a bet on him.”

Kevin Bradley, Sportsbook Manager, Bovada.lv


2013 Home Run Derby – Odds to Win     

Chris Davis (BAL)                                  11/4

Prince Fielder (DET)                              15/4

Yoenis Cespedes (OAK)                        11/2

Bryce Harper (WSH)                              11/2

Pedro Alvarez (PIT)                                11/2

Robinson Cano (NYY)                           6/1

David Wright (NYM)                               9/1

Michael Cuddyer (COL)                          12/1


Here are the original odds (once the Pedro Alvarez switch was announced):


2013 Home Run Derby – Odds to Win  

Prince Fielder (DET)                              7/2

Chris Davis (BAL)                                  15/4

Bryce Harper (WSH)                              5/1

Yoenis Cespedes (OAK)                        11/2

Robinson Cano (NYY)                           11/2

David Wright (NYM)                               15/2

Pedro Alvarez (PIT)                                15/2

Michael Cuddyer (COL)                          9/1

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Bovada makes Chris Davis second favorite to win Home Run Derby

Posted on 10 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).


2013 Home Run Derby – Odds to Win  

Prince Fielder (DET)                  7/2

Chris Davis (BAL)                      15/4

Bryce Harper (WSH)                  5/1

Yoenis Cespedes (OAK)            11/2

Robinson Cano (NYY)               11/2

David Wright (NYM)                   15/2

Carlos Gonzalez (COL)               15/2

Michael Cuddyer (COL)              9/1


MLB SPECIALS – Will Matt Garza be traded before the July 31st deadline?           

Yes                   -250     (2/5)

No                    +175     (7/4)


MLB SPECIALS – Will Bud Norris be traded before the July 31st deadline?

Yes                   -250     (2/5)

No                    +175     (7/4)


MLB SPECIALS – Will Jake Peavy be traded before the July 31st deadline?           

Yes                  EVEN   (1/1)

No                    -140      (5/70


MLB SPECIALS – Will Yovani Gallardo be traded before the July 31st deadline?

Yes                  +150     (3/2)

No                     -200     (1/2)


MLB SPECIALS – Will Cliff Lee be traded before the July 31st deadline?    

Yes                  +200     (2/1)

No                    -300      (1/3)

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Chris Davis selected to take part in Home Run Derby

Posted on 08 July 2013 by Luke Jones

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BALTIMORE — After making it known he was more than eager to participate, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has been officially selected to compete in next Monday’s Home Run Derby at Citi Field in New York.

Serving as the American League captain for the All-Star Game competition, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano selected Davis and Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder to join him in next Monday’s exhibition against the National League. Davis entered Monday leading the major leagues with 33 home runs, making his inclusion elementary once he share his desire to compete if selected.

“If I’m given the opportunity, I’m absolutely going to do it,” said Davis, who has joked that he treats every session of batting practice like it’s a home run derby. “So much attention is paid to the Home Run Derby, and there is so much hype around it. I’ve always looked at it as something I’d like to do.”

In Saturday’s loss to the Yankees, Davis tied his career highs with his 33rd homer and 85th RBI, matching his totals from last season. He is the only player in major league history to have 25 or more doubles, 30 or more home runs, and 85 or more RBIs prior to the All-Star Game, according to STATS.

His 33 homers are the most before the break since 2001 when Barry Bonds hit 39 and Luis Gonzalez had 35. Davis also broke Brandy Anderson’s franchise record for most four-baggers before the All-Star break (30) set in 1996.

Cano did not name the fourth slugger that will join him, Davis, and Fielder on the AL squad. Joining NL captain and New York Mets third baseman David Wright on the NL team will be Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer, both of the Colorado Rockies.

(Updated: Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was named to the team on Tuesday.)

Two Orioles have won the power-hitting exhibition in past years, Cal Ripken in 1991 and Miguel Tejada in 2004.

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What the MLB All-Star game is missing

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What the MLB All-Star game is missing

Posted on 11 July 2012 by James Finn

I’ve seen and heard far too much negative about the MLB All-Star game.  Why does this player get elected over that one?  Why does an exhibition game count?  Why should anybody on the Padres or A’s have any influence on October baseball?  Who the hell is Wade Miley?

There’s no “fixing” the All-Star game.  It is what it is.  Except the whole “Make it count” thing, that’s easy.  Maybe that doesn’t get fixed until Bud Selig retires, but it’s an easy fix.

Selecting players to these games is always a challenge.  It’s been this way for years.  Popular players = Ratings = Revenue, so a fan vote is needed.  In this emerging age of social media and interactivity, if you aren’t engaging your fans, you probably are losing your fans.  MLB did a stellar job this year of engaging the Fan vote, especially with the “Final Selection”.  The campaigning, though a bit overdone, absolutely had the public participating.  Additional kudos to Twitter for being able to handle the load when the voting began there.

The NFL I feel does the best job with their Pro-bowl selections, splitting the vote between Fans, Players, and coaches.  Perhaps if baseball could mirror what the NFL does, we’ll see deserving players like David Wright start, and under performers like Dan Uggla be omitted.  Regardless of how it’s handled, it will spark debate.  It’s a part of any sort of selection process (sports, The Oscars, American Idol).  This is a predictable debate in media at All-Star time every year, and makes for good filler.

I have a different argument.

The All-Star game needs a “Skills Challenge”.

And I’m not talking about watching roided-out freaks whack a batting practice home runs.  Not that it doesn’t take skill, it’s only that after 3 hours, it becomes excruciating to watch.  It becomes redundant, and I can only tolerate Chris Berman’s “Back-Back-Back-Back” call so much before I’m “Click-Click-Clicking” my remote.  Don’t eliminate the Derby.  There are many fans that enjoy it, just, supplement it with something else. I’m talking something similar to what the NBA and NHL currently do (and NFL used to do).  Here are my ideas.  I’m open to suggestions on the names.

1) The “Top Gun” Challenge:  Who’s got the quickest Fastball?  Put your arm to the test.  I’d love to see Justin Verlander, Steven Strasburg, and Tim Lincecum, match heat?  10 pitches for each pitcher.  Top speed wins.  Must be a strike to count.  Would need a high Ultimate bragging rights, and something really cool for your Wikipedia page.

Note: Not to be confused with the “Top Gun Karaoke” Challenge, where you attempt to get the entire bar to join you in “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling”

2) The “Around the Diamond” challenge:  This is a SPEED challenge. Who’s most likely to hit an inside the park home run?  This challenge would pit the fleetest of foot in a timed race around the bases.  Bourne, Bryce, Kemp, and a handfull of speedy rookies could help settle the debated argument of Fastest in the league.

3) The “To the plate” challenge: Who’s got the best gun in the outfield?  Ichiro? Markakis? Francoeur? From the warning track of the outfield, you must hurl the ball down to home.  It would provide different results each year, as the hosting ballpark is bound to have different dimensions.

I’m open to something new.  I’d even sit down and watch the pitchers play carnival games.  Throw the ball and knock down the 3 milk bottles stacked on top of each other.  Or how long does it take them to knock down all the furry cats?

Are players likely to do this?  Would club owners allow their players to participate?  Probably not.  They’ll press the argument it’s not worth risking injury.  Truth be told, you can be injured at any given time, regular season, skills competetion, leaping into home plate after a walk-off homer, pick-up basketball game, playing Guitar Hero, and as I learned on Monday, falling asleep while tanning.

@JamesTFinn on Twitter

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