{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"content":["all-star_game" ] }

Derby hitters bring help on the mound

Derby hitters bring help on the mound

|
Six of the participants in Monday night's State Farm Home Run Derby are bringing along personal hurlers whose repertoire will consist of only one pitch: the gopher ball.

Josh Holliday, brother of the Cardinals' Matt, highlights the unique pairings for the Derby. The older brother of the St. Louis All-Star is also an assistant baseball coach at Vanderbilt University.

All of the competitors, with the exception of Boston's David Ortiz and Toronto's Vernon Wells, have enlisted their personal launching pads.

The other pairings:

• Milwaukee's Corey Hart and Triple-A Nashville Sounds hitting coach Sandy Guerrero

• Florida's Hanley Ramirez and Alexis Hernandez, a personal friend

• Arizona's Chris Young and Sidney Holland, his longtime Houston-based coach

• Detroit's Miguel Cabrera and Tigers bullpen catcher Scott Pickens

• New York Yankees' Nick Swisher and Yankees bench coach Tony Pena

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"content":["all-star_game" ] }
{"content":["all-star_game" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español