Thursday, July 11, 2013

Alvarez joining Home Run Derby

By Jeff

Is anyone else afraid that Pedro Alvarez will suffer Bobby Abreu syndrome by participating in this year's Home Run Derby?

If you haven't heard, Alvarez, who was not originally selected to the NL Home Run Derby squad, will be replacing the injured Carlos Gonzalez.

Don't get me wrong, Alvarez is a perfect fit for the derby. He can crush the ball and has been one of the best home run hitters in the league since June. But we Pirates fans are finally seeing him grow as a more complete hitter. He is taking balls the other way and has raised his average to around .250. Will the Home Run Derby mess up his swing for the rest of the season? I'm terrified that it might.

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