Home Run Derby dream ballots from players, managers, media

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We asked, and they responded.

In a survey based more on fun than science, the Post-Gazette asked players, managers and media around the country to name the eight players they would most want to see go head-to-head in the Home Run Derby. The winner -- surprise, surprise -- is the Sultan of Swat himself, Babe Ruth.

Here's a look at the ballots of the 23 players, managers and media members who took part in our dream derby.

Jason Bay


Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Dave Kingman, Frank Howard, Ken Griffey Jr., Willie Stargell.

Winner: Mark McGwire. "That's what he did so well. He had guys on the other team watching batting practice."

Chris Berman
ESPN anchor

Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Willie Stargell, Willie McCovey, Mark McGwire, Josh Gibson.

Winner: Babe Ruth. "He hit his final three home runs in Pittsburgh as a member of the Boston Braves."

Steve Blass
Former player, broadcaster

Willie Stargell, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Brian Giles, Willie McCovey, Mark McGwire, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson.

Winner: Mark McGwire. "The greatest batting practice home run hitter -- ever."

Greg Brown

Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Willie Stargell, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Boog Powell, Willie McCovey, Ted Williams.

Winner: Willie Stargell. "His swing was tailor-made for the Clemente Wall. Plus he was a lifelong Bucco."

Jeromy Burnitz
Player (who once nearly won the HR Derby)

Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Ken Griffey Jr., Willie Stargell, Dave Parker, Jim Thome.

Winner: Jim Thome. "He might be the best power guy of my generation."

John Delcos
Baseball writer

Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Josh Gibson, Ted Williams, Frank Robinson.

Winner: The Babe. "He was the greatest showman in the history of the sport, and I believe in a derby he would hit them at will. The Babe was born to hit the long ball."

Charley Feeney
Former baseball writer, Post-Gazette

Babe Ruth, Mike Schmidt, Stan Musial, Willie Stargell, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Hank Greenberg, Reggie Jackson.

Winner: Ted Williams. "If they all became serious in an exhibition such as this, Ted Williams would win it. In my book, he was the greatest hitter of all time."

Roberto Hernandez

Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Jim Thome, Jose Hernandez, Carlos Delgado, Mike Piazza, David McCarty.

Winner: David McCarty. "He was the best hitter at 5 p.m. I've ever seen."

Jose Hernandez

Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Ken Griffey Jr., Sammy Sosa, Willie Stargell, Willie Mays, Mark McGwire.

Winner: Mark McGwire. "I saw him hit BP a few times. It was unbelievable."

Al Hrabosky
Former player

Josh Gibson, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Willie Stargell, Ken Griffey Jr., Mark McGwire, Reggie Jackson, Willie McCovey.

Winner: Willie Stargell. "Because the Pittsburgh faithful will cheer him on to victory -- and more important he's the guy I like the best of the bunch as a person."

Nate McLouth

Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Willie Stargell, Ken Griffey Jr., David Ortiz.

Winner: Ken Griffey Jr.. "He's just got that swing."

Paul Meyer
Baseball writer, Post-Gazette

Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Mickey Mantle, Sammy Sosa, Albert Pujols, Hank Aaron, George Foster.

Winner: Babe Ruth. "I assumed this fantasy derby would be held at PNC Park, Ruth was left-handed -- and because he had success as a home run hitter in Pittsburgh in his old age."

Hal McCoy
Baseball writer, Dayton Daily News

Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Schmidt, Home Run Baker, Josh Gibson.

The winner: Babe Ruth. "With today's bat and today's balls, it would be no contest. And what would he be, 106 years old?"

Lloyd McClendon
Former player, coach

Babe Ruth, Josh Gibson, Dave Kingman, Mark McGwire, David Ortiz, Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Willie Stargell.

Winner: Josh Gibson. "He was the most prolific home run hitter of all time."

Karl Ravech
ESPN anchor

Babe Ruth, Dave Kingman, Mickey Mantle, Dick Allen, Willie Stargell, Frank Howard, Reggie Jackson, John Kruk.

Winner: Frank Howard. Why? "Kruk said so."

Freddy Sanchez

Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Bobby Abreu, Jeromy Burnitz, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Jose Hernandez.

Winner: Jose Hernandez. "He hit eight home runs in 10 pitches in the home run derby they had when we were up at Cooperstown this year. You've got to go with anybody who can do that."

Mike Shannon
Former player, broadcaster

Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Albert Pujols, Willie Stargell, Mark McGwire, Eddie Matthews, Ted Williams, Willie McCovey.

Winner: Babe Ruth. "He's the greatest player ever and he would love something like this. It's right up his alley.''

Bob Smizik
Columnist, Post-Gazette

Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Reggie Jackson, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Sammy Sosa, Willie Stargell.

Winner: Mickey Mantle. "Poor health hobbled his career, but in an exhibition contest no one, not even the mighty Bambino, could match the greatest power switch-hitter in baseball history."

Tom Singer
Baseball writer, mlb.com

Dick Stuart, Stan Musial, Brian Downing, Reggie Jackson, Willie Stargell, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds.

Winner: Reggie Jackson. "Best pure jack swing -- and showman -- ever."

Jayson Stark
Baseball writer, espn.com

Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Mark McGwire, Dick Allen, Frank Howard, Reggie Jackson, Willie Stargell, Adam Dunn.

Winner: Babe Ruth. "... because ... he's Babe Ruth. I just hope he doesn't eat too many hot dogs before the Derby -- or during it!"

Bob Walk
Former player, broadcaster

Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Willie McCovey, Mark McGwire, Reggie Jackson, Willie Stargell, Frank Howard.

Winner: Mark McGwire. "He was the best batting-practice hitter I ever saw.''

Craig Wilson

Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Mark McGwire, Ken Griffey Jr., Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Sadaharu Oh.

Winner: Sadaharu Oh. "I believe he's hit more home runs than anyone on the list."

Jack Wilson

Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Willie Stargell, Kirk Gibson, Mickey Mantle, Ichiro Suzuki.

Winner: Ichiro. "The guy can hit a home run anytime he wants to. Dude, I saw him take a batting practice once where it was, bunt, bunt and then everything was out of the stadium. I'm not kidding."

Beyond the top eight

Players who didn't make the top eight, but received quite a few votes:

Willie McCovey (6), Sammy Sosa (6), Ted Williams (6), Willie Mays (5), Josh Gibson (5), Frank Howard (4), Dave Kingman (3), Dick Allen (2), Jim Thome (2), Stan Musial (2), Mike Schmidt (2), Lou Gehrig (2), Albert Pujols (2), Jose Hernandez (2)."


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