Alvarez will compete against seven other hitters for the Derby title Monday Night. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez will participate in Monday's Home Run Derby, chosen by National League captain David Wright in place of the injured Carlos Gonzalez.
Many Pittsburgh fans were up in arms after Alvarez, tied for second in the NL with 23 homers, was not picked for the home run-hitting contest at New York's Citi Field. Mets third baseman David Wright selected Gonzalez, Bryce Harper and childhood friend Michael Cuddyer to the NL team, even though Alvarez and Philadelphia's Domonic Brown both had more home runs than Harper or Cuddyer.
Wright was expected to receive boos from Pirates fans during the Mets' weekend series at PNC Park.
“Obviously our fanbase will have an opportunity to show their feelings this weekend,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle joked this week after Alvarez was not chosen. “We have a passionate group here in Pittsburgh."
James covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects. He is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship and Allan Malamud Scholarship. James dispenses puns at his Twitter account (@JamesSantelli) where he promises to write in first-person.