Cano a captain for 2012 Home Run Derby

06/05/2012 1:29 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Robinson Cano defeated Adrian Gonzalez in the finals to win the 2011 Home Run Derby.(AP)
One year after winning the State Farm Home Run Derby at Chase Field in Arizona, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano will be a captain for the 2012 Derby in Kansas City.

Cano, the defending champion, and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp – who led the National League in homers in 2011 – were named the captains for this year’s Derby, which will be held on Monday, July 9 at Kauffman Stadium.

The Derby will follow the same format as last year, which featured team competition between the AL and NL. As captains, Cano and Kemp will select and personally invite the other three participants for their respective leagues.

Last year, Cano made his first-ever appearance in the Derby and became just the second baseman (behind Ryne Sandberg) to win the event. Cano hit 32 of the AL’s 76 home runs in the 2011 Derby, and set a final round record by blasting 12 bombs – besting the previous mark of 11 set by then-teammate Bobby Abreu in 2005 and equaled by David Ortiz in 2010 and Adrian Gonzalez in 2011.

As the AL Captain, Cano will also get to choose which charity his team will be hitting for in the 2012 Derby. This year, State Farm and Major League Baseball will donate $250,000 in the winning captain’s name – $150,000 to his charity of choice and $100,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of America.

The insurance giant will also donate $25,000 in the losing captain’s name to his charity of choice, and will make a further donation to the Boys & Girls Club based on the number of home runs hit in the Derby overall.

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