Should Philadelphia Phillies' Domonic Brown Participate in the HR Derby?

By Marilee Gallagher
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

On the season, Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown has emerged as one of the better power hitters in the game.

His 22 home runs are tied for second highest in the NL and only two behind leader Carlos Gonzalez. In fact, it is mainly because of Brown’s high home run and RBI totals that got him selected to his first ever All-Star Game and that could likely get him asked to participate in the 2013 Home Run Derby.

Once again, the derby has picked captains to helm and choose the participants for their teams. With the New York MetsCiti Field serving as the backdrop for the event, both captains, David Wright of the Mets for the NL and Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees for the AL, are fittingly from New York’s two rival teams.

And with that additional caveat on the line, Wright is going to want to lead the NL victory that much more. Choosing Brown would be the first step to doing so.

Not only does Brown have 22 home runs, but it is how he has hit them that will be of importance. Brown is the prototypical left-handed pull hitter, and his swing is designed for exactly that. In fact, all of his 22 home runs have been hit to right or right center field. All of them.

Luckily enough for Brown and Wright, the 330′ to right and 375′ to right center at Citi Field are some of the more favorable hitting dimensions in the league.

But other than Brown being able to help Wright and the NL get the win, the 25-year-old outfielder would be wise for himself to take the national exposure that comes with hitting home runs in front of millions.

Of course, there is the whole “the home run derby ruins your swing” argument, but just like the Madden curse in football, there is no significant connection between participating and your swing suffering. In fact, there is just as much evidence to the contrary and the players themselves seem to disagree as well.

Brown, who has said to that he will likely accept if asked to participate, has the right idea.

Of course, there is the fear that it took him this long to finally get his swing and there is an unnecessary risk of him losing it, but at the same time, this exposure could be huge for Brown. Let the kid take some hacks and if he really is as good a player everyone seems to think now, he’ll be able to fix his swing and make any necessary adjustments.

After all, it is the same reason why the All-Star Game has a fan vote. Fans want to see the best play in the game and the best power hitters smash off in the derby.

And if fans want to see the best, Brown is exactly the guy who can put on a show.

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