If the All-Star Game is the main course, then the home run derby serves as the appetizer during Major League Baseball's All-Star festivities. On Monday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, eight of the games best home run hitters will compete for a chance to take home the crown as MLB's best slugger.
SI.com did a masterful job of breaking down each of the competitors (Jose Bautista, Carlos Beltran, Robinson Cano, Prince Fielder, Carlos Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Andrew McCutcheon, Mark Trumbo) as well as the ballpark itself.
Be sure to take a look and read through each capsule thoroughly as it may help in predicting who will emerge victorious on Monday night.
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