D-backs Goldschmidt not interested in home run derby
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home run derby is not really Paul Goldschmidt's thing, even though he has the credentials to warrant an invitation.
Goldschmidt will not participate in the 2014 home run derby if asked, he said this week, after Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was named caption of the National League team.
"It's not something, if they asked, that I would be interested in doing," Goldschmidt said.
"You guys have seen me hitting out there" in batting practice. "It is not something I am doing during batting practice. Not even trying (to hit home runs). I don't think I would do very good if I did try."
Real games are something else again. Goldschmidt tied for the NL lead with 36 home runs in 2013 and has 79 homers since his promotion to the majors on Aug. 1, 2011, tied for third in NL from that point. He is hitting .304 with 15 homers and 53 RBIs this season, seventh in the league in homers and third in RBIs.
Goldschmidt will certainly be in town for the home run derby, to be held July 14 as part of the All-Star Game festivities in Minneapolis, Minn. Goldschmidt had a wide lead over the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez in fan voting for NL first basemen with eight days remaining in the balloting.
He was on Mets' third baseman David Wright's derby short list last season, when he had 24 homers at the All-Star break, but Wright instead took Washington's Bryce Harper and Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer.
Goldschmidt participated in the Southern League home run derby in 2011 while with Mobile, where he hit 30 homers in the regular season before an Aug. 1 promotion to the D-backs, and was eliminated in the second round. He had the last laugh, however, homering in the first inning of the Southern League All-Star game.
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