Home Run Derby Odds and other news from the MLB All Star Break

Now that the baseball season is at the midway point, the focus for the next couple of days has shifted to the All Star Break. If you didn’t read it, here’s my first half award winners. Since there’s a lot of small stories and events from the upcoming All Star festivities, here’s some small news and notes.

-The big news from today is Tony La Russa’s decision to pitch Matt Cain over R.A Dickey as the starter in the All Star Game. La Russa has made some headlines already this week with some decisions, although this one makes sense. It’s a legitimate concern that Buster Posey won’t be able to catch his knuckleball. It’s hard for a lot of catchers, especially one that’s never worked with Dickey before. So I’m okay with it, even though I think it’s strange that they allow La Russa to coach the game even though he’s retired.

-Giancarlo Stanton had to drop out of the Home Run Derby and All Star Game due to an injury. His injury allowed Bryce Harper to get into the game and become the youngest position player to ever play in the All Star Game. He was replaced in the Home Run Derby by Andrew McCutchen. Speaking of the Home Run Derby…

-Odds were released for the Home Run Derby by Sportsbook.com. They have defending Home Run Derby champ Robinson Cano and 2012 Home Run leader Jose Bautista as favorites at 3/1 followed by Prince Fielder at 7/2, Carlos Beltran at 5/1, Mark Trumbo at 5/1, Carlos Gonzalez at 6/1 and Andrew McCutchen at 8/1. I like either Fielder or Trumbo to come away with it.

-Following the Home Run Derby on ESPN is the Celebrity and Legends Softball Game. While some may not like this, I personally enjoy it. Some of the legends suiting up are George Brett, Bo Jackson, Mike Piazza and Rickey Henderson. Some of the Celebrities include Actor Jon Hamm, former American Idol winner David Cook, Chiefs QB Matt Cassel, Kansas head coach Bill Self and UFC champion Jon “Bones” Jones. The game will be called by ESPN’s Bill Simmons and Jon Anderson.

The All Star festivities should be good and you can hear all of your All Star news here. Stay tuned and follow me on twitter @CriesfromCrowd

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