There are reasons some of baseball’s biggest sluggers say no to the Home Run Derby — risk of injury, messing up the swing, developing bad habits, superstition.
But is there another reason? Perhaps a secret fear? Heed the cautionary tale of Ryan Costello, who swung for the fences in the Midwest League’s version in June.
“I just didn’t hit any homers,” he said, laughing a little sheepishly. “My coaches have been wearing me out about it, and I told them, ‘Hey, it’s not my game, I’m a line drive hitter.’ There are no excuses. I just didn’t hit any home runs. It’s not something I’m going to prepare for.”
Costello, from Wethersfield and Central...