Josh Donaldson and Justin Morneau were announced Thursday as the final two competitors in Monday's derby at Target Field. Donaldson joins teammate (and defending champ) Yoenis Cespedes in the annual long-ball contest, while Morneau accepted an invitation from Rockies teammate Troy Tulowitzki, who is the captain of the NL team. Morneau was the NL runner-up in the All-Star game's Final Vote competition.
Here's a look at the complete 10-man field:
• Jose Bautista (captain): 17 homers in 2014, 17.2 career AB/HR.
• Yoenis Cespedes (defending champion): 14 homers in 2014, 21.4 career AB/HR.
• Adam Jones: 16 homers in 2014, 25.0 career AB/HR.
• Brian Dozier: 16 homers in 2014, 30.2 career AB/HR.
• Josh Donaldson: 20 homers in 2014, 23.3 career AB/HR.
• Troy Tulowitzki (captain): 18 homers in 2014, 20.5 career AB/HR.
• Giancarlo Stanton: 21 homers in 2014, 15.1 career AB/HR.
• Yasiel Puig: 12 homers in 2014, 22.7 career AB/HR.
• Todd Frazier: 17 homers in 2014, 23.0 career AB/HR.
• Justin Morneau: 13 homers in 2014, 22.0 career AB/HR.
The Home Run Derby's new bracket format — which we explained the other day — means that fans in Minnesota will likely be rooting for a final of Dozier vs. Morneau, since Morneau was a star for the Twins for so long. Morneau actually has a Home Run Derby title under his belt as he won the 2008 competition at old Yankee Stadium — an event more remembered for Josh Hamilton's awesome display of power in an earlier round.
The chances of a Morneau-Dozier final happening, though? Kind of slam. Stanton and Cespedes are the favorites on each side of the bracket.
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