5 Reasons Why You Must Watch the 2014 MLB Home Run Derby

5 Reasons Why You Must Watch the MLB Home Run Derby

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The Home Run Derby is always an entertaining exhibition for fans of all teams, especially when you get to see some of the elite power hitters in the game hit balls to places that are unimaginable. It's impossible to forget the performance Josh Hamilton put on at Yankee Stadium and there are a number of participants with the ability to do something similar. With that in mind, here are five reasons why you must watch the Home Run Derby.

5. Target Field

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5. Target Field

Target Field
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Target Field opened in 2010, and it is a beautiful new field. The problem is that no one really knows much about it because the Minnesota Twins haven't had great success in those four years. Now, the Twins' home ballpark will be on full display during the All-Star break, and it will get the attention it deserves.

4. Format Changes

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4. Format Changes

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The MLB will be displaying a new format for the 2014 Home Run Derby. First, instead of 10 outs, each contestant will have seven outs to hit as many home runs as possible. It will also feature a bracketed system after the first round, which pits the second and third place finishers of the group against each other while the leaders, after the first round, have a bye straight to the third round. It should be interesting to see how it works out.

3. Possible Back-to-Back Champion

Yoenis Cespedes
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3. Possible Back-to-Back Champion

Yoenis Cespedes
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Yoenis Cespedes will be back in the 2014 Home Run Derby to defend his 2013 crown after he put on a show at Citi Field. There hasn't been a back-to-back winner since Ken Griffey Jr. 15 years ago. The odds will be stacked against Cespedes as this year's field is loaded with some serious contenders.

2. Yasiel Puig

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2. Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig
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Honestly, who knows what Yasiel Puig will do in the Home Run Derby? He hits the ball as hard as any player in the game, and he is one of the most exciting players today. Puig should thrive in this moment, and we should expect a bat flip or two on his part.

1. Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton
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1. Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton
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We finally get to see Giancarlo Stanton in the Home Run Derby. It's definitely past due. Stanton has the opportunity to put on a memorable show at Target Field. I don't know what he is going to do, but I know that I will definitely be tuning in to see what happens. You should too.

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