Hamilton a Sight for Sore Eyes
Those were some fireworks last night. If you missed it, Hamilton set a new record in the first round of the Homerun Derby last night with 28 jacks. The balls were flying off his bat. He went on to lose to Morneau but it was still an impressive feat. The question was brought up in the comments section about what Hamilton's contract status was. The man is pacing the rest of the majors with a .310 average, 21 homeruns, and 95 RBI's. And that's only in half a season! There are players out there that would take those numbers for the season.
His left handed swing would look really good at Yankee stadium, but unfortunately, this is Hamilton's second season in the majors, which means he's still a year from arbitration and 4 away from free agency. He's also dealt with injuries in his young career, so that may play out over the next few years. It would be a great trade idea, if Cashman can come up with the right pieces, but the Rangers wouldn't let him go cheap.
Sponsorship Ruining the Homerun Derby
I'm not a big fan of the sponsors suporting the homerun derby. Or better said, I dislike all the sponsoring events like the "Call your shot", and the "Hit it here and win a million dollars", or even the whole "if this player wins, we'll make a donation to X person's Boys and Girls club". It just becomes a circus at some point. With the exception of the charity thing, the winners of these events are typically selected out of the crowd attending the event. So some lucky fan may end up getting a free car who already has the money to drop several thousands to bring themselves and their family to New York and attend the event in the first place. Last year, they were giving away a house. A house!
The Boys and Girls club is a different story. They chose teenagers from different areas of New York to represent their local Boys and Girls club. Then each teenager was assigned a player, and if that player won the derby, that kids Boy's and Girls club would get the donation. With all the money flying around an event like that, why not give them all a little something?