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Name The MLB Home Run Leader on July 27

Quick name the MLB league leader for home runs on July 27th. If you answered Pujols, Fielder, Reynolds, A-rod, Dunn, Howard, or Hamilton… you are wrong.

Jose Bautista: League HR LeaderThe leader is Jose Bautista… still. This guy just isn’t cooling off. He not only leads the majors but the next closest guy is 5 HR back. And he’s the first player to 30 HR this season. Who does he think he is? A McGwire, Bonds, Sosa Transformer?

Just as remarkable, the Toronto Blue Jays are still the league leading team in total home runs… by 22. If this guy leads the MLB in home runs at the end of the season, I quit trying to project player stats. Jose Bautista was chosen by 0 Home Run Derby teams for good reason. In his six prior MLB seasons, he has hit a total of 59 HRs (he’s on pace for 48 HR alone this season). It’s not like he didn’t get 300+ AB in those previous six seasons. He has had over 300 AB in the past 4 of those 6 seasons.

I’m just really glad he keeps hitting those home runs. The more he hits, the more fantasy baseball fools are going to draft him in the first 3 rounds next season to watch him fall back to his usual form.

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Kings Of Cork’s All-Star Break

The first ever, first half King of Cork has been crowned. Congratulations to The Master Batters who takes home the first half prize in our 2010 competition and will have his team name emblazoned on the Kings of Cork Hall of Fame (page to be added soon). With 74 HR, he has led most of the past 2 months primarily due to Mr. Josh Hamilton as his Group D pick. He was the only team to take a gamble on the injury prone Hamilton and he was rewarded with 22 HR from him. If Hamilton keeps hitting like he did in June, The Master Batters may possibly take home the Kings of Cork triple crown and win all three categories.

Remember, the big prizes are awarded to the top 3 places over the complete season, but everyone will now be reset to 0 HR for a chance at the second half prize as well.

Stay tuned for an exciting rest of the season.

Home Run Derby Update: June Swoon

The third month of our inaugural Home Run Derby is in the books and we are only 13 days from the half-way point. Remember there is a winner for the first half and/or the second half and there is a lot of baseball left to be played, so don’t give up hope if your team is in the lower half (like mine).

June mixed up the standings a bunch, but two of the leaders after May are still in the top 3, but neither are in first. The new Derby leader is The Master Batters with 62 moon shots. His team destroyed the month of June (hitting 25 hr) thanks to the hot hitting of Josh Hamilton. Hamilton has 18 homers this season and has hit half of them in June (not to mention he hit 0.434 with 31 rbi in June). The Master Batters is the only team who owns Hamilton and, as long as he stays healthy, may have found the golden ticket to the top of the standings.

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