Toronto Blue Jays superstar Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is reported to have missed the home run derby for the second year in a row.
Guerrero Jr. decided to prioritize his health, especially his wrist, over personal fame.
“Right now, my wrist is fine, but I have to be careful – there are too many hits in the home run derby,” Guerrero Jr. said. said Shi David of Sportsnet through translator Hector LeBron. “I don’t want to risk my wrist hurting again and getting sick and not being able to help the team win, which is what we’re trying to do here. I do not want to risk”.
The 23-year-old told Davidi that he expects he will have to manage his wrist for the rest of his career. The problem first arose while he was still playing in the minor leagues and flared up again at the end of May.
The news came as a big disappointment to baseball fans as the young batter put on a show at the 2019 event by hitting an all-time record 91 home runs in the competition. He ultimately lost to reigning two-time champion Pete Alonso in the final.
Just because Guerrero Jr. won’t be in the Home Run Derby doesn’t mean he’s completely out of the All-Star celebration. He currently leads the American League baseman in fan voting and looks set to start his second consecutive Midsummer Classic. Last year, Guerrero Jr. brilliantly had his first taste of the All-Star Game, winning the MVP title.
The Canadian-born phenomenon hasn’t found the form that has landed him second in 2021 MVP voting, batting .268/.360/.506 with 18 home runs this season. He was significantly better in June, with nine home runs and over 1,000 OPS in a month.
This year’s Home Run Derby will take place on July 18 at Dodger Stadium, with the All-Star Game scheduled for the following day.
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