San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner would like the chance to participate in the Home Run Derby, he told ESPN on Sunday.
Bumgarner has hit two home runs this season, tied for most by a pitcher with Noah Syndergaard, and he put on a show on Sunday, hitting balls out of the yard during batting practice before the Giants’ 6–3 loss to the Cardinals. His 13 career home runs are the most among active pitchers.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he wouldn’t allow Bumgarner to hit in the Derby in order to protect his ace, who currently has the third lowest ERA in the majors, also tied with Syndergaard at 1.91.
“No, to be serious, I couldn’t let him do it,” Bochy said. “We couldn't let him do it. ... And Bum, he’s convinced he could win it. I think he would wear himself down in the first round, he’d try to hit it so hard.”
The 2016 Home Run Derby will be held on July 11 at Petco Park in San Diego.