The 2012 Home Run Derby teams are set. Barring any injury the National League will have, Captain Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals, and Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies.
American League captain Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, will be joined by Mark Trumbo, Prince Fielder and Jose Bautista. some players have been reluctant to accept invitations into the Derby for a number of reasons.
Josh Hamilton set a Derby record by hitting 28 long balls in one round during the 2008 Derby at the old Yankee Stadium, didn’t want to risk an injury and declined when invited.
Reigning NL MVP and current NL home run leader Ryan Braun will not participate.
Still the Home Run Derby is one of the most popular events surrounding the All-Star game and All-Star week.