The New York Daily News reported that Ortiz, along with Prince Fielder and Jose Bautista, was asked by Cano to participate but that the 36-year-old said he’d pass. Instead, Mark Trumbo will hit for the AL.
“He said he wanted to rest,” Cano told the paper.
The Home Run Derby is a point of contention just about every year among players, fans and analysts, some of whom believe participating in the event can affect a player’s swing for the worse in the second half of the season. The most recent case involves Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who belted 31 bombs in the event last season but hit just 10 home runs in the second half of the season after hitting 17 in the first half. That perceived swing alteration has been cited as a partial explanation of Gonzalez’s low total of six home runs this season "
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