Cano Booing Could Spark Changes to Derby
After Robinson Cano was booed mercilessly by Kansas City Royals fans, upset that their own Billy Butler was not selected for the event, Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig acknowledged that changes to the Home Run Derby could be made to avoid similar situations in the future.
Selig, in his annual pre-All Star Game media session with the Baseball Writers Association of America, noted that a change in policy to include players from the host city could be implemented in the near future.
Butler, who is 16th in the American League in home runs with 16, was not chosen by Cano, the captain of the American League Derby team. Instead Cano went with Mark Trumbo of the Angels, Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays and Prince Fielder of the Tigers, who won the event.
Among those with more home runs than Butler in the American League at the season’s midway point are greats of the game such as Toronto’s Colby Rasmus and Edwin Edcarnacion, Minnesota’s Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe, Oakland’s Josh Reddick, and Boston’s Jarrod Saltalamacchia. No wonder why Royals fans thought Butler deserved a spot in the Derby!
If any rule changes were to occur before next year, we could see a New York Met in the Home Run Derby at Citi Field next year. That means an possible appearance from the current Mets home run leader, which stands as a three way tie between Scott Hairston, Ike Davis, and Lucas Duda. The world will be on pins and needles, hoping to see those legends of the long ball swing for the fences.