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Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Participating In Home Run Derby Is Good For Baseball

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB Home Run Derby is the baseball equivalent to basketball’s Slam Dunk Contest. You wait all year for baseball’s biggest home run threats to take the stage before the actual All-Star Game to hit a few homers. It is a night in which stars of the sport come out and give the fans a show.

This year’s derby is already shaping up to be an interesting one. With Colorado Rockies third baseman Troy Tulowitzki being the captain of the NL squad, he has invited Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to the team. Luckily for everyone, Stanton has accepted and will participate in the derby this year.

Stanton is hitting home runs at a high pace in 2014. He is already leading the NL with 21 home runs and 60 RBIs, nearing the amount of home runs (24) and RBI (62) he hit last season. He is doing an incredible job of supplying the power for the Marlins’ offense. Him being on the team is great for baseball and great for the fans.

There is really no one else right now who the NL could have gotten who could top Stanton. Putting Stanton and Tulowitzki on the same team makes the NL incredibly powerful heading into the derby. Those two hitting homers is going to be something great to see for all fans of the sport.

Ryan Gaydos is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.