Still playing under the cloud of a rough opening month, last season's MVP is still one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball - and has the numbers to back it up.
Ryan Howard's omission from the National League All-Star Team went largely without protest, even though you'd struggle to find a more productive, impact hitter to be left off the roster. Despite missing two weeks of the season with a thigh injury, considered equal parts mental and physical rehabilitation, Howard is fourth in the league in homers (21) and fifth in RBIs (67). Tonight, he honors his invite and will defend his Home Run Derby crown, which he won last year at PNC Park in Pittsburgh with 23 bombs, one short of the record set the year before by former Phil Bobby Abreu. This year, he'll take aim at McCovey Cove as the event moves to AT&T Park in San Francisco. His competition includes Prince Fielder, Matt Holliday, Alex Rios, Justin Morneau, Albert Pujols, Magglio Ordonez and Vlad Guerrero.