With the all-star weekend fast approaching us baseball fans, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at building the ultimate power team; full of Home Run Derby winners.
Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner (13 Career Home Runs)
Now this one is kind of cheating, no pitcher has ever participated in the derby, perhaps this could be the first with all the speculation.
Catcher: Ivan Rodriguez (311 Career Home Runs)
No catcher has actually ever won the Home Run Derby, so the choice was between Pudge and Piazza. Pudge however actually hit 20 in the derby, while Piazza hit zero both years he participated.
First Base: Frank Thomas (521 Career Home Runs) 1995
The big hurt has won two MVP’s and got himself into the Hall of Fame, notching his inclusion on this list.
Second Base: Ryne Sandberg (282 Career Home Runs) 1990
Sandberg was elected to ten consecutive All-Star games, along with his own Hall of Fame inclusion and MVP award.
Third Base: Todd Frazier (131 Career Home Runs) 2015
Frazier has shown massive potential early in his career to be a dominate power hitting third baseman, therefore gaining a spot on the team.
Shortstop: Cal Ripken Jr. (431 Career Home Runs) 1991
Cal managed to play in 2,632 consecutive games, that’s the consistency I want at shortstop.
Left Field: Barry Bonds (762 Career Home Runs) 1996
I know, Barry will have controversy no matter where he goes. Let’s ignore that and include his all time leading home runs and walks into the middle of our lineup.
Center Field: Ken Griffey Jr. (630 Career Home Runs) 1994, 1998, 1999
The kid could have perhaps become the greatest player of all time if he stayed healthy. Add his beautiful swing and outstanding fielding to the team.
Right Field: Sammy Sosa (609 Career Home Runs) 2000
Another name that is clouded with controversy, in his prime Sosa was demolishing home runs left and right, attributing to his 609 career total.
DH: David Ortiz (522 Career Home Runs) 2010
I love Big Papi, he’s an eccentric personality that adds to any team, thus filling out our DH position.
Cal Ripken Jr. – SS
Sammy Sosa – RF
Ken Griffey Jr. – CF
Barry Bonds – LF
Frank Thomas – 1B
Ryne Sandberg – 2B
David Ortiz – DH
Ivan Rodriguez – C
Todd Frazier – 3B