David Ortiz To Captain American League Home Run Derby Squad

ANAHEIM CA - JULY 12: American League All-Star David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox swings the bat during the first round of the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby during All-Star Weekend at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The MLB has announced that David Ortiz will lead the American League squad in the 2011 Home Run Derby. For the first time ever, the contestants will not only be competing against one another in the usual Home Run Derby format, but also for their league.

Each team captain will be allowed to choose the remaining three members of his squad. Should his team win, the charity of his choice will receive $150,000. The losing captain's charity will receive $25,000.

Ortiz is the obvious choice. Not only does he currently hold the title after slugging 32 total homers, but with 68 all-time he comes in second only to Ken Griffey Jr. Griffey had 70, so it seems unlikely that Papi will be in second for very much longer. He will be opposed by Prince Fielder, named head of the National League team.

It's not clear whether or not Ortiz can bring along other players from his team--say, Adrian Gonzalez. Since 2005, though, the Home Run Derby has only featured one player from any given team.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker