KC Royals fans have sudden interest in Home Run Derby

Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

KC Royals fans aren’t used to seeing one of their own in the Home Run Derby. This season will change that though, as Mike Moustakas will be participating in this year’s event.

This is the first time in 26 years that a member of the Kansas City Royals will be apart of the Home Run Derby, which is exciting for the city! No one deserves it more from this Royals team than Mike Moustakas, who has hit 23 home runs this season, the most in his career.

Moustakas is in the final year of his contract and he’s really making a strong case for the KC Royals to bring him back on a long-term deal. Fans waited a long time for Moose to hit his stride and it came in 2015, when the third baseman made his first All-Star Game and helped the team win a World Series.

Now, he’ll be heading to at least the Home Run Derby and potentially his second All-Star Game. Moustakas is apart of the final vote and as of Tuesday morning, was the leading vote getter for the American League candidates.

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With Moose in the Home Run Derby, Royals fans will be more intrigued to watch the event this year. To be honest, I’ve never really gotten into the Home Run Derby because it’s the same stars every year. Also because Chris Berman’s “BACK BACK BACK BACK GONE!” on every single long ball was a little irritating.

Moustakas will be joining Aaron Judge, Miguel Sano, and Gary Sanchez for the American League squad and the National League will have Cody Bellinger, Charlie Blackmon, Giancarlo Stanton, and Justin Bour representing them.

The last Royal to appear in the Home Run Derby was Danny Tartabull in 1991 in which he clubbed two home runs and did not make it out of the first round. Hopefully Moustakas fares better than that!

A member of the Royals being apart of the derby is a new and exciting thing for fans this season and it adds to the excitement level so far in 2017. The team is two games over the .500 mark and are currently tied for the second Wild Card spot. That’s super impressive after how bad this team looked in the first month of the season.

The Home Run Derby will take place on Monday, July 10 in Miami and the All-Star Game will be on Tuesday. Let’s continue to #VoteMoose and get him into that game as well!