SBN Studios: Home Run Derby Preview

DENVER, CO - JUNE 10: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies hits a home run during the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Coors Field on June 10, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Angels defeated the Rockies 10-8. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

With the 2012 Home Run Derby set to take place on Monday night in Kansas City, SB Nation takes a look at this year's contestants, some of the longest derby dingers in recent history, and whether or not the field will be able to put on a show at a stadium not all that known for surrendering the long ball.

Colorado's own Carlos Gonzalez will be participating in the Derby tonight, and Purple Row will have a thread up for it.

The Rockies have not had a player enter the derby since 2007 when Matt Holliday hit 5 in the first round, tied for 1st, and only 8 in the second to wash him out. Before Holliday, Todd Helton hit 2 in the first round in the 2001 derby.

In the past, Larry Walker, Vinny Castilla, Dante Bichette, Ellis Burks, have participated in the derby, Walker twice. Walker finished first for the NL in the 1997 derby at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, hitting 19, but lost in the finals to Tino Martinez of the Yankees. Vinny Castilla hit 12 in the 1998 Derby in Coors Field, but Ken Griffey Jr. and Jim Thome's combined 36 homers were enough to beat the NL squad, never mind the contributions of Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, and Damion Easley.

Derby starts at 6PM, we'll see you there!

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