The best and worst part about the MLB HR Derby each year is the speculation of who will be participating. Since 1985 MLB has been running their derby as an extra festivity during the Mid-Summer Classic, and throughout different format changes over the years it is still something people look forward to. Now when I mention the best part of the speculation, I’m talking about when we all fantasize about all of the leagues stars taking part. But as we know, that’s never really the case. Which leads to the worst part. When we have the Brandon Inge’s and the Jason Bay’s of the world, stinking up the joint. Now that can always happen when enough stars decline the invite, here’s to hoping that they don’t. This is my list.

NL

Giancarlo Stanton:

The defending champ, let’s see if he can defend his championship in front of his home crowd. 61 home runs last year at the event. Should be a tall task to top those numbers but the home crowd will be pumped to see it.

Cody Bellinger:

Arguably my favorite player to watch right now, this is a no doubter for me. 24 home runs as a rookie and the sweetest swing since Griffey, be prepared for Cody to put on a show.

Eric Thames:

The Korean defector put on an absolute clinic in March and April hitting 11 HRs in 24 games, he has since come back down to earth but I would still love to see him in this Derby. Could be a great story for the fans, and could even see Thames making a run as a dark horse in this competition.

Marcell Ozuna:

Another hometown guy who is having an enormous year. Give the hometown Miami fans two guys to root and let the teammates have a little fun competing against each other. Book it.

AL

Miguel Sano:

Sano being the first guy to accept the invitation to the Derby besides returning champ Stanton. I like this pick, having Sano in the field gives the fans another guy who can absolutely mash and that is never a bad thing.