No J.D. Martinez in Home Run Derby
J.D. Martinez entered Wednesday tied for fifth in the Majors in home runs, but ended up on the outside looking in on the Home Run Derby. Major League Baseball announced the eight-man field Wednesday, and Martinez wasn’t in it.
Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Manny Machado and Josh Donaldson comprise the American League portion of the field. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Joc Pederson and Todd Frazier are going from the NL.
“I mean, I would’ve liked to do it,” Martinez said. “It would’ve been cool. But I guess I’ve gotta pay my dues, wait another year.”
Martinez said he was asked by the MLBPA earlier in the week whether he’d be interested. After mulling it over, and looking over the new rules, he said yes. He did not hear back. He was disappointed, but didn’t want to make an issue out of it.
“It’s not a big deal,” Martinez said.
Also left out of the field was Yoenis Cespedes, the two-time defending champion. He had said last month he’d be interested if he made the All-Star team. He’s currently in the Final Vote contest, though Alex Gordon’s status could impact Cespedes. Gordon, elected to a starting outfield spot by the fans, left Wednesday’s game for the Royals with a left groin injury after crashing into the outfield wall at Kauffman Stadium.