Davis, who leads the major leagues with 33 homers, will join defending champion Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers on the four-man American League team captained by Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, MLB said in a news release. Cano has yet to select a fourth participant for his team.
“As much as the All-Star Game means to me, as a power hitter, it’s something that I’ve watched since I was a little kid and something that I’ve always wanted to do,” Davis told reporters about participating in the annual Home Run Derby.
Davis is headed to the All-Star Game for the first time after receiving 8.27 million votes in being selected as the AL’s starting first baseman. The Home Run Derby is held July 15, the day before the All-Star Game at New York’s Citi Field.
“I do Home Run Derby every day in batting practice,” Davis said. “The biggest thing for me is to not go out there and get hurt. I’m not going to swing and try to blow out my back. Every day in BP, we get loose, and then the last few rounds are, ’Alright, let’s see who can hit it farther.’ I’ve been practicing for a few years.”
National League captain David Wright of the All-Star host New York Mets will be joined by Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer. Gonzalez leads the NL with 24 homers.
Harper, 20, will be the second-youngest player to participate in the Home Run Derby, 39 days older than Ken Griffey Jr. was when he was in it for the first time in 1990.
The team competition for the Home Run Derby was introduced in 2011 and the AL beat the NL 61-21 in last year’s competition in Kansas City, with Fielder claiming the individual title.
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