Major League Baseball announced its 2017 Home Run Derby lineup yesterday, and it looks like it’ll be a good one this year. It consists of Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Bour, Charlie Blackmon, Cody Bellinger, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Mike Moustakas and Miguel Sano. Unfortunately, one of the league’s biggest stars has an issue with the selection of Sanchez. Was it Mike Trout? Nope. Bryce Harper? Not quite. Future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer and perennial MVP candidate Logan Morrison, who people totally know of/care about as he plays in the mecca of baseball, Tampa Bay, said this about Sanchez being selected for the Derby instead of him:
“Gary shouldn’t be there. Gary’s a great player, but he shouldn’t be in the Home Run Derby. I remember when I had 14 home runs. That was a month and a half ago.”
Hey, Logan, I think I have something for you that should really help you out.
Give me a freaking break, Logan Morrison. First of all, let’s look at the facts. Yes, Sanchez has the lowest HR total of all Derby participants with 13. But he missed a month with a strained right biceps. However, the Derby field clearly wasn’t selected purely on 2017 HR totals- only 3 of the 8 participants (Judge, Bellinger, Moustakas) currently rank in the Top 10 in the league in homers. The field was picked based on who could put on the best show and make the Derby the most competitive.
If you wanna make it about stats, Sanchez has those on his side, too. He reached 20 home runs faster than any player ever, with 20 in 53 games last season. He also ranks second all-time for home runs in his first 100 games with 33. The only person with more? Mark McGwire, who knows a thing or two about hitting home runs (and steroids).
Also Morrison’s delivery of why he should be in over Sanchez made him sound like a total douche. “I remember when I had 14 home runs. That was like a month and a half ago.” Whoa, we’ve got a big swinging dick over here! This guy definitely fucks. Are you kidding, dude? You’re Logan freaking Morrison. Your home run totals before this year were 23, 11,6, 11, 17, and 14. Just enjoy that you’re having a career year and stop acting like you’re Leo getting snubbed for another Oscar. No one would tune in to watch you in the Derby, the Derby kind of sucks anyway, and you play in Tampa Bay. Enjoy the All-Star break from home when no one votes you in on the final ballot, you’ve earned a rest, pal!
Long live El Gary.