The All-Star Home Run Derby is the annual chance for Major League Baseball’s top sluggers to show off their ridiculous power on the national stage.
This year, however, two of the best power hitters in the game won’t be participating.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera both announced that they won’t be participating in this year’s festivities.
“I just want to be able to go and enjoy it,” Trout said, via MLB.com. “I always had fun watching it, growing up as a kid watching it on TV, and being able to sit on the sidelines is pretty cool.”
Cabrera, who finished second in the AL with 44 homers last season and has 14 so far in 2014, had a more specific reason for backing out.
“I don’t want to mess with my swing anymore,” Cabrera said, via The Detroit Free Press. “I got enough going on with it.”
AL Derby captain Jose Bautista will have to look elsewhere for recruits with Trout and Cabrera out of the picture. He’d better choose wisely, as NL captain Troy Tulowitzki has already lined up Miami Marlins star slugger Giancarlo Stanton for the opposing squad.
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