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The lineups for the 2014 Home Run Derby have been set, with National League captain Troy Tulowitzki picking Todd Frazier, Yasiel Puig, NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton and Rockies teammate Justin Morneau, while AL caption Jose Bautista selected defending derby champion Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, Adam Jones and, in somewhat of a surprise move, second baseman Brian Dozier of the hometown Minnesota Twins. How would you rank these eight sluggers? Set your list below!

More: Your thoughts on All-Star Game rosters?

HR Derby Participants

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista

Blue Jays
17 HR

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

Athletics
14 HR

Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson

Athletics
20 HR

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

Twins
16 HR

Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier

Reds
17 HR

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Orioles
16 HR

Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau

Rockies
13 HR

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Dodgers
12 HR

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton

Marlins
21 HR

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies
20 HR

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The lineups for the 2014 Home Run Derby have been set, with National League captain Troy Tulowitzki picking Todd Frazier, Yasiel Puig and league homer leader Giancarlo Stanton, while AL skipper Jose Bautista selected defending champion Yoenis Cespedes, Adam Jones and, in something of a surprise move, second baseman Brian Dozier of the hometown Minnesota Twins. How would you rank these eight sluggers? Set your list below!

More: Your thoughts on All-Star Game rosters?

HR Derby Participants

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista

Blue Jays
17 HR

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

Athletics
14 HR

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

Twins
16 HR

Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier

Reds
17 HR

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Orioles
16 HR

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Dodgers
12 HR

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton

Marlins
21 HR

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies
18 HR

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Is PED use no big deal?

PED use is considered a crime against baseball. It's now punished as such, with players suspended major chunks of time if they're caught. And yet, if the cases of Melky Cabrera and Nelson Cruz are any indication, it doesn't matter all that much to fans. Cabrera, a Blue Jays outfielder who was suspended 50 games in 2012 for testing positive for high levels of testosterone, currently is the third-leading American League outfield vote-getter for the 2014 All-Star Game. Nelson Cruz, an Oriole who served a 50-game Biogenesis-related suspension in 2013, is ahead of even David Ortiz at the DH position. What say you?

Would/does past PED use keep you from voting for a player to the All-Star Game?

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  • How much does past PED use negatively affect your opinion of a player?

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  • Should PED use -- proven/admitted, not suspected -- keep a player out of the Hall of Fame?

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As fans of the comedy series "Portlandia'' know, the secret to merchandising is to slap a bird on it. And apparently, the same holds true for baseball uniforms.

After four rounds of voting, tigers, fish, elephants, snakes, astronauts, seafarers, gun-toting officers of the law, buccaneers, heavenly bodies, Native Americans, pinstriped Northeners and even two pairs of colored socks are all gone. Our Battle of the Uniforms will finish with the Battle of the Birds.

#UniBattle

The No. 1-seeded Cardinals, who have as iconic a St. Louis design as the Gateway Arch or a bottle of Bud, beat their longtime rival, the Chicago Cubs, in the final round of the National League voting, 54 percent to 46 percent.

Meanwhile, the Cinderella team of the American League bracket upset yet another higher-seeded team in the AL championship. By a margin of 3,103 votes, fans declared they prefer the orange and black Baltimore Orioles over the traditional uniform worn by everyone from Babe Ruth to Derek Jeter. Or perhaps fans just hate the Yankees' pinstripes.

Whatever the reason, it's the Cardinals versus the Orioles for the title of baseball's best uniform. Bird watchers should get their binoculars out for this ornithological fight, though Toronto fans are probably wondering why their colorful Jay was found wanting.

This is serious business, so to make sure that everyone gets a chance to take a long, careful look at these two uniforms and judge the colors, logos, caps and overall style of both home and road uniforms, our polls will be open throughout the weekend. You can cast your vote up until noon ET Monday, when we will declare the winner.

So good luck Cardinals and Orioles. May the better uniform win. And remember voters, this isn't about who actually wears the uniforms but the uniforms themselves.

--Jim Caple

Note: Championship-round poll closes at noon ET Monday.

Mobile users: To vote, click here.

Battle of the Uniforms: Championship


(1) Cardinals vs. (13) Orioles

Audubon would have loved this championship.

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Which set of uniforms is best?

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Battle of the Uniforms seedings

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We've now reached the final four. Or, if you prefer, we've reached the league championship series.

#UniBattle

Either way, the Battle of the Uniforms is now in the home stretch (or as a malapropism-prone boss of mine once liked to say, "the home run stretch"). In the American League, the Orioles are facing the Yankees, and the National League crown has come down to the Cubs and the Cards.

The seedings, done by Jim Caple and myself, have largely proven accurate. Three of the final four teams were seeded either No. 1 or No. 2 in their respective leagues, which means our uni assessments are largely in line with yours. The lone outlier is Baltimore, which was seeded 13th but upset the top-seeded Tigers.

I'll admit it: I was kind of hoping for a rogue uniform design to make it to the semifinals, just to make things interesting. The Diamondbacks, say, or the Marlins. And I was seriously rooting for the A's to upset the Yanks (they came thisclose). In the end, though, the classic designs have won. And that makes sense: The classics are classic for a reason.

The cool thing about the Battle of the Unis is that several on-field rivalries have been echoed at the ballot box. Wednesday we had the Yankees just eking out a victory of the Red Sox (whose fans were no doubt chanting "Yankees suck!" as they clicked on the Sox icon), and now we have a classic National League matchup, as Chicago and St. Louis face off for Senior Circuit supremacy.

So who's going to advance to the uniform World Series? You folks get to decide that. But I'll say this: I'm voting for the teams with the feathers.

--Paul Lukas

LCS-round polls close at 9 a.m. ET Friday, and the championship round begins shortly thereafter.

Mobile users: To vote, click here.

Jim Caple bracket: American League


(2) Yankees vs. (13) Orioles

The Birds have upset three teams so far, but can they knock off the Pinstripers for the AL title?

SportsNation

Which set of uniforms is best?

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Paul Lukas bracket: National League


(1) Cardinals vs. (2) Cubs

These two teams have always had an on-field rivalry. Good to see that's extending to their uniforms.

SportsNation

Which set of uniforms is best?

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Battle of the Uniforms seedings

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