Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Fans will not be seeing Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout and Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera in this year’s Home Run Derby as they pulled themselves from consideration.
Cabrera and Trout, who have finished 1-2 in past two MVP votes, both said they like to watch the action from the sideline.
“I’m going to enjoy watching,” said Cabrera, who turned down an invitation from American League captain Jose Bautista, saying he didn’t want to “mess” with his swing.
“I’ve got enough issues,” Cabrera, who’s batting .255 with 15 RBIs in his past 25 games. He participated in 2006 and 2010.
Giancarlo Stanton and Yoenis Cespedes are among those jostling for a spot in this year’s Home Run Derby.
Stanton earlier said he that taking part in the Derby would be “fun.”
“I was unfortunate in 2012. I was, what, half a day from being in one? So it would be fun to get my second chance at it,” Stanton said.
The Marlins slugger missed the 2012 Derby because of last-minute arthroscopic knee surgery, and he wasn’t picked by last year’s NL Derby captain, David Wright.
Cespedes, meanwhile, hopes to defend his title. “I want to,” he said. “It’s my choice.”
The Home Run Derby is July 14 at Target Field in Minneapolis, followed the next day by the All-Star Game.