Let me start off by saying I'm extremely happy for El Toro, I felt like he was robbed from the get go not being selected to the Homerun Derby. I hope he does better than the past Pittsburgh greats who have participated in the derby such as, Bobby Bonilla, Barry Bonds, Jason Bay, and Andrew McCutchin. But I'm kind of leery on Pedro doing this and for one reason only, The Homerun Derby curse. After the All-Star break many of the Homerun Derby contestants slump, I'm talking about just a complete nosedive. The main reason for the cause of that is because some players have to alter their swing in the derby. So my concern is this; Pedro Alvarez hits plenty no-doubters and has a swing fit for a Homerun Derby in my opinion, but I also know Pedro has more holes in his swing then Swiss cheese as it is. I don't want to risk Alvarez altering his swing and then nosediving the second half of the season.He is a tremendous key to the Pirates making the playoffs. Now I'm not saying all players falter after the All-Star break but many notable players have, Brandon Inge in 2009 and he's been in a slump ever since. Also Dan Uggla, Bobby Abreu, Justin Morneau. Since 1999 43 of 74 players saw a decrease in production.
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