I do not consider myself to be a superstitious person. However, as a Yankee fan, I am concerned over Robinson Cano’s participation in the Home Run Derby. Over the past few years, players who participated in the Derby, stated it affected their hitting in the second half. My concern for Cano, is the jeopardy he is putting his MVP season in.
There is a reason why Albert Pujols is not participating. Past participants have simply fallen off the hitting wagon after the Derby. Cano is currently hitting .337 with 16 home runs and 55 RBI. I am not stating here that Cano is a lock for the American League MVP. He is definitely a contender.
The larger problem for the game, is if this theory of effected hitting after the Derby holds true. The Home Run Derby will never be the same. Pujols not participating is just the beginning. Fans will never see the games best sluggers and hitters participate again. For one thing, teams like the Yankees will simply tell their millionaire players not to even think about the Derby. Eventually, there could even be clauses in contracts stating the player will not participate in the Home Run Derby. I know I’m going off the deep end here, but in sports nothing is incomprehensible. Especially with the amount of money involved.
As a fan I enjoy watching some of the best home run hitters in the game launch bombs over the outfield wall. But, as a fan of a particular team, my concern for the rest of the season outweighs any Home Run Derby trophy an individual player wins. So Cano, please be careful. My father always said, if it “ain’t” broke, don’t fix it. So keep your swing and we will hopefully see you in October.
(All stats from: espn.com)