Matt Kemp gets to select the National League's team for the 2012 Home Run Derby. I can't find out why Kemp was specifically picked for the honor, but he's taking it seriously, even though he might miss the Derby and All-Star Game entirely with a hamstring injury. And he's not listening to the singular voice of the masses, as he's ruling out Bryce Harper as one of the participants in the Derby.
From the USA Today:
"It's not because (Bryce Harper is) a rookie. It's just that there are other guys out there that are capable,'' Kemp told USA TODAY Sports. "I'm not saying he wouldn't do a good job in the Home Run Derby. He's going to have plenty of time to participate in many Home Run Derbies. Just not this year. Nothing against him. I love watching him play."
Kemp didn't reveal the NSA-developed algorithm that will eventually be used to select the participants, but Harper is going to miss the Derby because he's too young. Or something.
This makes me root for a Mike Trout homer to win the Derby for the AL, which would mean the American League would get to use the DH in all potential seven games of the World Series. At least, that's how it should be, as long as you're screwing around with that kind of stuff.